Vatican approves sainthood for Pope John Paul II

The healing of a woman in Costa Rica from a serious brain condition becomes the second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II.

Dario Thuburn of Agence France-Presse (via reports that the Vatican announced on Friday, July 4, that Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint after Pope Francis gave his formal approval to a second miracle attributed to the late pontiff.


According to the report, "the supposed miracle occurred to a woman in Costa Rica, the Vatican said, following media reports that she had been cured of a serious brain condition by praying for the late pope’s intercession on the same day that he was beatified in 2011."  Rules of the Catholic Church specify that two miracles should be attributed to a person before he or she becomes a saint. John Paul II’s first miracle involved the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease.


Aside from John Paul II, the Vatican also approved the late Pope John XXIII for sainthood last week.


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