Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Miracles credited to John Paul II and John XXIII will lead to their elevations to sainthood

The upcoming historic ceremony in St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis canonizes both John Paul and Pope John XXIII, the Italian pontiff known as "Good Pope John," will be attended by one remarkable woman. As the city swells with millions of the faithful, the canonizations will have special importance to mother-of-four Floribeth Mora Diaz. It was her delivery from a life-threatening brain aneurysm that led to Pope John Paul's sainthood.

Floribeth Mora Diaz holds up the magazine that laid beside her on her death bed when she prayed to Pope John Paul for a miracle to cure her brain aneurism.

Floribeth Mora Diaz holds up the magazine that laid beside her on her death bed when she prayed to Pope John Paul for a miracle to cure her brain aneurism.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Canonizations, Floribeth Mora Diaz, miracles, sainthood

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - From Costa Rica, Mora was suffering from an aneurism that left her disabled with headaches. Local doctors refused to treat it and doctors in Mexico or Cuba were far too expensive. "The doctors told me there was no sense to continue treatment because they had done everything and there was not much more we could do," Mora told a packed news conference. "They said I only had one month to live and there was no hope."

Advised to pray, John Paul II appeared to Mora in a vision on the day he was beatified, the first step on the road to sainthood, after he was credited with his first miracle.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

"I felt a deep sense of healing. I heard his voice say to me, 'Get up and don't be afraid,'" she said, recalling one of John Paul's signature lines.

"I went to my husband in the kitchen and told him I was cured. I realized little by little the illness had been taken away."

Doctors conducted tests on her for two weeks in October 2013 in order to confirm the miracle.

The first miracle attributed to John Paul was the apparent healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson's disease with no medical explanation after praying to the late pontiff soon after his death in 2005.

Pope Francis had provoked debate within the church by approving John XXIII's sainthood with only one miracle.

John was beatified in August 2000, based on what was considered a miraculous healing of an Italian nun, Sister Caterina Capitani, after a medical commission found no scientific explanation for the event.

Sister Adele Labianca, caring for Capitani, revealed details of what she called the miracle that saved the nun's life in May 1966 after she had prayed to the pope, who had died three years earlier.

Capitani had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous tumor in her stomach but her condition was deteriorating when she suddenly recovered. Labianca said doctors had no medical explanation for what took place.

"It was a miracle," said Sister Labianca. "Not only was it a physical healing but an internal healing when you could feel the presence of God."


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2015
That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.
Evangelization: That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.


More Living Faith

Top 5 Bible verses to turn to when you're angry Watch

Image of What does the Bible have to say about anger?

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What makes you angry? Maybe you don't like the way your boss talks to you at work or your spouse spends too much money. What do you do when you feel anger coming on? Who do you turn to? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When we get angry we can say or do things we ... continue reading

Megachurch Pastor's new book tells people to 'get over themselves' Watch

Image of Pastor Kyle Idleman (YouTube).


Megachurch Pastor Kyle Idleman claims that to live life, "everyone simply needs to get over themselves" to truly "experience abundant life with Jesus," a theory he promotes in his new book The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins. LOS ... continue reading

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux to be canonized by Pope Francis Watch

Image of The canonizations of the married couple will coincide with the Synod on the Family, to be held on Oct. 4-25.


Pope Francis approved, earlier this year, the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin - known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux - to be declared saints. VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The two blesseds will be the first couple ever to ... continue reading

Phoenix bishop encourages Catholic men to 'step into the breach' Watch

Image of Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses.


Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses. Phoenix, Ariz. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Men, do not ... continue reading

Interview with Archbishop Chaput puts U.S. papal visit in perspective Watch

Image of Archbishop Chaput offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

By Michelle Bauman, CNA/EWTN News

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly one million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the ... continue reading

Pope Francis speaks truth to power Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

From celebrating Masses at Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba, Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, to addressing the U.S. Congress and the United Nations - and with lots packed in between - the 78-year-old Pope Francis tirelessly proclaimed the Gospel ... continue reading

Pope Francis tells young people Jesus 'has so many things to say to each of you' Watch

Image of His Message for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow 2016 invited young people to reflect on mercy and to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow.


With World Youth Day coming up next year, Pope Francis has a question for young people: "Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?" Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever ... continue reading

Pope Francis understands why many victims are unable to forgive clerical sexual abuse Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Vatican City ... continue reading

5 ways to live in love according to the Bible Watch

Image of Living with God's love (nrgtribe).


Love is a big word people use all too often. However, real love is tough and we may be living without the love we  profess to have and share with one another. Luckily, we have the Scripture to remind us what true love looks like. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (Catholic ... continue reading

Narrowing God's love 'is a perversion of the faith,' Pope Francis warns Watch

Image of


At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God's love and works to only a certain group of people. Philadelphia, Pa. (CNA/EWTN News) - "To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
5 ¡Ánimo, pueblo mío, memorial de Israel ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:33-35, 36-37
33 For God listens to the poor, he has never scorned ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:17-24
17 The seventy-two came back rejoicing. 'Lord,' they ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Ewald & Ewald
October 3: Martyred Northumbrian brothers, one called "the Fair" and one ... Read More