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Essay on Reports of the Pope's Miracles

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An American Jew healed of a brain tumour after attending Mass with Pope John Paul II. A Mexican boy stricken with leukemia who recovered after a kiss that was subversive. A cardinal who regained his ability to speak later John Paul touched his throat. Italian papers are rife with reports of alleged miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II, fuelling speculation he may soon be put on the road to sainthood. Vatican rules, though, are clear: For a miracle to be thought about from the saint-making process, it has to have happened after John Paul's passing. But that hasn't stopped the frenzy surrounding hot calls for John Paul to be put about the fast-track to sainthood. Archbishop Edward Nowak, secretary in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, added into the speculation later he was quoted as saying a decision on starting the saint-making process could come as early as October, when bishops from around the world meet in Rome. Nowak concurred that all the letters that the Vatican had obtained so far of presumed miraculous remedies wouldn't rely on John Paul's saintliness. "But since you only want one to get beatification and one for canonisation, if there are so many of these 'signs' that you hear about, it shouldn't be tricky to own new ones," he told the newspaper Corriere della Sera. A number of the old "miracles" have been given prominent play in Italian newspapers, including the event of an anonymous American Jewish millionaire afflicted with a brain tumo...

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