Second miracle approved for Paul VI
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – The congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI. The Congregation approved the miracle by a unanimous vote on February 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his approval, with an official decree from the Vatican.
According to Vatican Insider, the canonization may take place in October of this year, during the Synod of Bishops on the youth. The miracle attributed to the cause of Paul VI is the healing of an unborn child in the fifth month of pregnancy. The case was brought forward in 2014 for study.
The mother, originally from the province of Verona, Italy, had an illness that risked her own life and the life of her unborn child, and was advised to have an abortion.
A few days after the beatification of Paul VI on October 19, 2014, she went to pray to him at the Shrine of Holy Mary of Grace in the town of Brescia. The baby girl was later born in good health, and remains in good health today.
The healing was first ruled as medically inexplicable by the medical council of the congregation last year, while the congregation’s consulting theologians agreed that the healing occurred through the late pope’s intercession.
The miracle for Paul VI’s canonization echoes that of his beatification. That first miracle took place in the 1990s in California. A then-unborn child was found to have a serious health problem that posed a high risk of brain damage. Physicians advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to Paul VI.
The child was born without problems and is now a healthy adolescent. He is considered to be completely healed.