ANSA News Agency announced that the process of declaring former Pope John Paul II a saint took a major step forward on Tuesday, 18 June. A board of theologians on the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed a second miracle to John Paul II, placing him firmly on the path to sainthood. The road to sainthood requires two confirmed miracles, the first of which is necessary for beatification, a hurdle the Polish Pope cleared just six months after his death in 2005. For healings to be officially certified as miracles, they must be instantaneous, permanent and with no scientific explanation.
Now the proclamation of his sainthood – canonization – needs only the approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the final signature of Pope Francis. It has been suggested that John Paul II – who was beatified on May 1, 2011 – will be proclaimed a saint in October of this year, at the close of the Year of Faith, and on or near the 35th anniversary of his election as Pope.
The first miracle attributed to John Paul was an “inexplicable cure”. The pontiff’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, sanctioned the beatification after a Vatican commission officially attributed, as a miracle, the inexplicable recovery of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, from Parkinson’s Disease.
The second miracle that will be attributed to John Paul II remains a closely guarded secret at this time. Sources will only say that when revealed, it will “amaze the world.” The miracle reportedly took place on the very day that John Paul was beatified (May 1, 2011).
The Catholic Church has been awaiting the canonization of John Paul II, one of the most popular popes in history. He served 27 years as Roman Pontiff; died in 2005 at the age of 84. At his funeral crowds of mourners cried out, “Sancto Subito!” – which roughly translates as “sainthood now!”
ANSA (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata) is the leading wire service in Italy and one of the leaders among world news agencies. It was established in 1945 and has it headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the man who would become Pope John Paul II, was born on May 18, 1920 in the small town of Wadowice, south of Krakow. “Karol” is the equivalent of “Charles” in English and the family took to calling Karol by the diminutive, Lolus – equivalent to Charlie. This evolved into the nickname, “Lolek” and it was thus that Karol Wojtla was known to his family and friends.
When Karol was elected the 264th Pope on October 16, 1978, he became the first Slavic Pope in history and the first non-Italian in 455 years.