Blessed John Paul II is one step closer to being declared a saint in October 2013

Vatican Insider, the blog of La Stampa, is reporting that the commission of theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have given their approval to the medical report confirming a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II:

First the doctors okayed it and now the commission of theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has also approved the second miracle performed by John Paul II after his beatification. All that is needed now is for the Congregation’s commission of cardinals and bishops to give their approval, in a meeting which should take place in the next few weeks.

As Vatican Insider wrote, last April, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints’ medical commission recognised a healing performed on a woman by John Paul II as inexplicable. Thanks to this miracle, John Paul II got the halo in record time, just eight years after his death in 2005.

It all took place in utmost secrecy and confidentiality. In January the Postulator for the Cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder, asked the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a preliminary opinion on a presumed miraculous healing performed by Wojtyla. After one miracle is approved for an individual’s beatification, canonical proceedings require the approval of a second miracle, which must be performed after the beatification ceremony.

Two doctors from the Vatican’s medical commission had given their approval after a previous examination. The dossier containing the medical records and witness reports was presented officially to the dicastery and the cause was added to the list of causes to be examined.

The steps taken are a clear demonstration of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints’ eagerness to move things along quickly, as they did with John Paul II’s beatification, which Benedict XVI celebrated on 1 May 2011. The preferential treatment given to Wojtyla indicates that Francis is also in favour of the Polish pope’s canonization.

It is still early to talk about dates for the canonization, but the speed at which the examination of the miracle process is proceeding, means it could be celebrated on Sunday 20 October, just two days ahead of the feast day of the Blessed John Paul II, on 22 October.’

Protect the Pope comment: As the years pass since his death the saintliness and greatness of Blessed John Paul II becomes even more apparent. God willing he will be declared a saint in October 2013. And then Catholics around the world must express their heartfelt desire that Saint John Paul II is recognised as a Doctor of the Church and then as Pope Saint John Paul the Great.

3 comments to Blessed John Paul II is one step closer to being declared a saint in October 2013

  • peter

    Why do you think John Paul will be elected as a Doctor of the Church?

    To become a Doctor of the church is a rare privilege and I’m not sure if Blessed John Paul will be granted such an honour.


  • Richard


    Would you not think that his investigations in a phenomenological and personalist grounding of human nature in both philosophy and theology were not sound advances worthy of being recognized as a Doctor? I know that many are leery when it comes to philosophies which dialogue with modernism, but his thought is certainly a fruitful attempt to wed Thomism with a deeper understanding of intersubjective personhood. If nothing else, Theology of the Body is a very rich testimony to this.

    All best,

  • peter

    John Paul was a real gift to the Church, a deeply spiritual man of integrity. His theology of the body (though criticised by some) gave us new insights, his work on economic and social justice was incisive and intellectually rigorous including the social idea of Solidarity and yes, his departure from neo-scholasticism is welcomed. And yet other fine theologians/philosophers have not been granted the honour of Doctor – and that is my question.

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