By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/2/2013 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Vatican officials confirm that Pope John Paul II is now just one step away from sainthood after a Vatican commission approved a second miracle attributed to the late Holy Father.
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - A Vatican commission has approved a second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II. The late pontiff died in 2005 and has been on a fast track to sainthood ever since.
Now, with all hurdles cleared, the last formal obstacle is merely an approval from Pope Francis.
The Congregation for the causes of Saints is made of specially selected cardinals and bishops whose role it is to investigate thoroughly the life of any individual recommended for consideration. If they find a person has lived rightly, with God, they may be considered for formal sainthood if two miracles can be scientifically attributed to them.
The Commission already approved one miracle, the healing of a French nun with Parkinson's disease. A second miracle has now been attributed.
Pope John Paul II is one of the most beloved popes in history and served the Church from his youth in Poland during World War II, until his passing in 2005. During that time, he helped to save Jews from the Nazis, he held the line on key issues of the faith, was instrumental in the downfall of Communism, and canonized a great number of saints.
Pope John Paul II was so popular that many called for his sainthood at his funeral. However, at the time Church law mandated a five-year waiting period before the process could even begin. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, waived that requirement.
Vatican officials are saying nothing more at this time, however it is expected that Pope Francis will approve the findings and Pope John Paul II will be acknowledged as a saint.
Meanwhile, it should be understood that Church recognition of a saint does not confer anything upon a genuine saint. A saint is any individual who has been received into heaven, and it is most likely that His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, has been aware of his sainthood since 2005 and no fact can be more heartwarming than that.
By Justin Soutar
During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue reading
By Alex Basile
Every carpenter must practice patience. We can learn important lessons from the wood shop in Nazareth from the humble Saint Joseph. I have always been a "do it yourself" type of guy thanks to my father. My dad is always a steady presence during my home-improvement ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that if we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his ... continue reading
By St. Francis of Assisi
We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God's sake. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on all ... continue reading
By St Therese of Lisieux
O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that very place, my God. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, as my desire finds its ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue reading
By F. K. Bartels
If there is any message which can be drawn from St. Augustine's life, and there are many, it is the message of repentance and conversion. This is a message the world desperately needs to hear today. It is one of heartfelt dedication to Christ as Master, Teacher and ... continue reading