Pope John Paul II is the second longest serving pope who served for 27 years from 1978 – 2005 until the age of 84. He had performed two miracles in his lifetime as a pope and thus becomes St John Paul II.
Healing of a French nun, Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre.
The Healing of Sister Marie-Simon Pierre
Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, 47 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001. As Pope John Paul II died in April 2005, her condition worsened as she was struggling to walk, write or function as a normal person would. All the members of the Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood in France and Senegal began praying to Pope John Paul to intervene with God to heal her. On June 2nd, 2005, she woke up early in the morning feeling completely healed. Archbishop Feidt who heard of the alleged healing conducted a thorough one year investigation. The investigation included testimony from physicians, canon lawyers, theologians, a psychiatrist and a handwriting expert to ascertain the legibility of the patient’s handwriting as an indicator to the progress of the Parkinson’s disease. Thus, on December 19th, 2009, Pope John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by Pope Benedict XVI and subsequently beatified on May 1st, 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to him, the healing of Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre.
The Healing of Floribeth Mora.
In Costa Rica, on a warm spring afternoon, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die due to an inoperable brain aneurysm. Her gaze fell upon the photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper and suddenly the image of the Pope proclaimed “Stand Up – Don’t be afraid”. Her aneurysm disappeared that day which has been confirmed by the doctor and the Catholic Church. Hence the second miracle paved the way for Pope John Paul to be declared Pope St John Paul II or Saint John Paul the Great. The second miracle was approved on 2nd July 2013 which was confirmed by Pope Francis just two days later. To be declared as a Saint, two miracles must be attributed. Hence, Pope John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014.
St John’s relic displayed at the Church of Divine Mercy, Penang, Malaysia.
A fist class relic of St. John Paul II contains a drop of the pope’s blood on a piece of cloth are on permanent display here in the Church of Divine Mercy, Sungai Ara, Penang, Malaysia. It had been handed after the custodians of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome approved the relic to be released here.
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