Pope Paul VI is reportedly close to achieving sainthood within the Catholic Church because of a miracle involving the healing of an unborn child that officials say can’t otherwise be explained.
The former leader of the Catholic Church is coming one step closer to beatification as the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints says the healing can’t be described as anything short of a divine miracle of God working through him.
The healing involves an unborn baby in California in the early 1990s. During the pregnancy, the mother heard from doctors that they had found a problem with her baby that would likely result in brain damage the physicians suggested an abortion. The mother refused and decided to keep her baby trusting in the intercession of Paul V, the Pope who wrote the “Humanae Vitae” encyclical in 1968.
“The child was born without any defects but only when the child reached puberty could doctors be certain of whether the child had made a full recovery without any problem,” the Vatican Insider reports.
From the list of reported cases of healing which the postulator of Paul VI’s cause, Antonio Marrazzo, received, he chose one case which early clinical tests showed as “unexplainable”. Marrazzo chose this healing case some time ago. A year ago, on 20 December 2012, Benedict XVI approved the heroic virtues of Paul VI, concluding the canonical process. Only one miracle is required for beatification.
A year ago Fr. Marrazzo told Vatican Radio that “a truly extraordinary and supernatural event had occurred thanks to the intercession of Paul VI.” This healing was perfectly in line with the magisterium of Paul VI, who wrote the “Humanae Vitae” in defence of human life, but also in defence of the family because the document talks about conjugal love, not just about unborn life. This healing fits in with Montini’s way of thinking.”
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The debate over the late Pope’s cause has intensified over the past year, with doctors exchanging medical opinions until yesterday’s final verdict. Speaking at a conference on Paul VI’s visit to the Holy Land last November, the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola, said the former Pope’s beatification “should be relatively imminent.”