Pope Paul VI is one step closer to becoming a saint after church leaders approved the verification of his miraculous healing of an unborn baby.
The Herald Malaysia reports Pope Paul VI, known for overseeing the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, may be canonized in October. He also published an important church document, “Humanae Vitae,” in 1968 about the value of human life.
On Tuesday, cardinals approved the miracle, the second attributed to Pope Paul VI involving the healing of unborn babies.
Here’s more from the report:
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 19 Oct 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.
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According to the report, another unborn baby in the 1990s in California also was healed after his mother entrusted her pregnancy to Pope Paul VI.
The unborn baby boy had a high risk of brain damage and his mother’s doctors encouraged her to abort him. However, she prayed for a miracle and asked for the pope’s intervention in her son’s life. He also was healed and now is a healthy young adult, according to the report.