The Holy See’s website dedicated to the beatification of Pope John Paul II has posted testimonials to ‘miracles’ attributed by witnesses to his intercession. According to AFP the Holy See has collected thousands of such testimonials.
‘Tales of lives saved, sicknesses cured and families reunited from across Europe have been told in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Polish and Italian on the Holy See’s beatification website (www.karol-wojtyla.org).’
‘Many stories speak of “sudden” recoveries from cancer or other devastating illnesses “against the odds.” Others describe how the ex-pontiff helped them through moments of despair at work or with tumultuous love stories.
Some confessed they had been living an irreligious life or worshipping pagan gods before rediscovering their Catholic faith thanks to his intervention.
Others wrote that John Paul II appeared to them in a vision or dream during high-risk surgery or life-threatening accidents, helping them to fight for their lives or bear the pain.’
Here is one example:
“Your” Pope Cured my Father. Marek Poland
I have worked for many years on a ship in the Caspian Sea. I have many friends in Azerbaijan and speak with them about everything. One day one of my colleagues, Ali, began to speak about John Paul II, saying that “our” Pope had cured his father during the Holy Father’s visit to Baku, in the stadium. Ali’s father, Mr. Ashum, had two strokes, he moved with difficulty, with the help of another person and the support of a cane. During the encounter John Paul II was also in terrible health. After the homily, his gaze rested precisely on Mr. Ashum, who was seated in the front row. The Pope gestured for him to come closer, but Ali’s father didn’t think John Paul II would be actually motioning to him. Encouraged by other persons as well, he went up to receive the Body of Christ from the hands of John Paul II… and immediately he recovered his strength! Ashum is convinced that he was cured thanks to the Holy Father. He returned to life, and walks alone without any trouble. He only took the cane in case it should be useful in the future. This is all that I have heard from Ali – citizen of Azerbaijan and coworker on the ship “Gültekin Askerova”