IGHT YEARS IS A SHORT TIME in which to be declared a saint. It is possible, then, to look at this as strong evidence of Bl. John Paul II’s great intercessory influence with God. According to La Stampa, Vatican doctors have given their approval to a miracle which, if later confirmed by theologians and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and then by Pope Francis, would make the former pope St. John Paul II. From La Stampa:
It all happened in great secrecy, with maximum confidentiality. In January, the postulator of the cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder, submitted a presumed miraculous healing to the Vatican. …
Two doctors of the Vatican council had previously examined this new case, and both gave a favourable opinion. … In the past few days it was examined by a committee of seven doctors … Pope Benedict XVI’s personal physicians, and now Pope Francis’s. The medical council also gave a favourable opinion … by defining as inexplicable the healing attributed to the intercession of the blessed Karol Wojtyla.
La Stampa goes on to speculate about the possibility of October 20, 2013, as a date for the canonization of John Paul II, if approved by Pope Francis. The paper gives no details about the medical case in question.
Not too many years ago, I read a book written by the postulator of the former pope’s cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder. Why He Is a Saint is full of anecdotal details of the life of John Paul, many of which I had not known and which are indeed not widely known. I seem to remember a story about how friends of his were constantly in need of having to buy him new winter coats, because Bishop Karol Wojtyla had a habit of removing his coat and giving it to the first poor beggar who would happen along. No sooner would a new coat be bought for the bishop, than he would give it away too.
Please do check out the monsignior’s wonderful and engaging book.
H/T to The Deacon’s Bench for leading me to this story.