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Pope Paul miracle gets the nod

VATICAN (Agencies): The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, taking him one step closer to canonisation as a saint, CNA reported on February 24.

Andrea Tornielli, from the Vatican Insider, reported that the congregation has unanimously recognised the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late pope.

In the mid-1990s in California, the United States of America, the then-unborn child was found to have a serious problem with a high risk of brain damage. Physicians advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to Pope Paul.

The child was born without problems and now that he is an adolescent and remains healthy, he is regarded as having been completely healed.

The healing had already been announced as medically inexplicable by the medical commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Pope Paul’s cause for canonisation was opened in 1993 and, in December 2012, then-Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree recognising his predecessor’s heroic virtue.

The late pope was born Giovanni Montini in 1897 and was ordained a priest at the unusually young age of 22.

He served as archbishop of Milan before he was elected pope in 1963.

He oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council and promulgated a new Roman Missal in 1969. 

The year before, he published an apostolic constitution reforming the Roman Curia.

 

Pope Paul published the encyclical, Humanae Vitae, in 1968, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception and birth control, as well as affirming priestly celibacy.

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