By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/26/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
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.
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.
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"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."
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