Pope John Paul II on Fast Track to Sainthood

A second confirmed miracle qualifies him for canonization

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Eight years after the death of Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church is on track to canonize him faster than any saint in recent memory. According to CNN, The Vatican reportedly approved a second miracle attributed to the Polish pontiff, which is one of the final steps in canonization.

The sainthood protocol requires a person to perform two miracles posthumously. The first miracle leads to a candidate’s beatification, which Pope John Paul II achieved in 2011 after reportedly curing a nun of Parkinson’s disease. Pope John Paul II’s beatification process was faster than that of Mother Teresa of Kolkata by an estimated two weeks.  His second miracle, which insiders tell CNN happened to a woman in Costa Rica recovering from a brain injury, will mean he qualifies for canonization.

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The fastest canonization on record belongs to Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the conservative group Opus Dei, who became a saint 27 years after his death.

The Polish pontiff’s speedy path to sainthood is rather unusual in the history of the church, but fits more recently with a modern trend of easing the sainthood process. As the New York Times reports, less than a third of all 264 popes are saints, most of whom were canonized in the first centuries of Christianity. Only five popes were recognized as saints in the second millenium, the last of whom was Pius X, who died in 1914 and was made a saint in 1954 by Pius XII — a 40 year delay.

But the expedited process is fitting for Pope John Paul II, who canonized 482 saints during his reign. For now, the world waits as a group of doctors examine the miracle’s legitimacy, followed by a team of theologians who will also decide if the act is credible. Once they reach a general consensus, the body of cardinals must approve his sainthood before Pope Francis signs off with his rubber stamp.

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19 comments
jamesf161
jamesf161

Why must they be posthumous miracles. When I see a miracle, that’s not the first thing I think about. Easier to confirm a living guy’s miracle too.

cat1222
cat1222

They have no proof that a miracle happened. They are grasping at straws.

drexelgregory
drexelgregory

@jamesf161 It proves they're in heaven and are with God, so close to God that they can ask Him for miracles.  For that, the person needs to be dead, and the miracle has to be medically verified.

I met the woman whose miraculous healing led to the canonisation for Saint Damien of Molokai, and she said that the Church's inspection and interrogation of the miracle is even tougher than the doctors'.  Sometimes the saint actually appears to the person healed.

It may be easier to confirm a living person's miracles, but easy isn't what the Church is looking for.  This tends to be a very vigorous process that takes many years.  Proof that they're in heaven is what we want.

Anoniov64
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This man is a saint but we live in a materialistic immoral culture that worships itself, hence the low class ignorant comments we read in this forum.

cat1222
cat1222

You can't forget the facts. He did some good but he himself admitted in 2003 that he knew about the abuse and helped cover it up. Even had one priest moved to the Vatican to work beside him like that's punishment to a priest. That a promotion! He is by no means saint material. The miracle after death stuff has not even been proven. It's probably a hoax. The Catholic church got this wrong by a mile.

rayboyusmc1967
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I wonder if a saint ignores the fact that his church hides and protects pedophiles?  Please, he knew about and did nothing.  They hypcorisy of the Catholic church knows no boundaries.

Jesus was a spiritual idealist.  Today's leaders of the church are political realists.

Steve16
Steve16

Unless I'm mistaken the fastest person ever canonized was Clare of Assisi. She died 08/11/1253 and was made a saint on 09/26/1255.   

EugeMiller
EugeMiller

Can we please grow out of these fantasies and get on with repairing the world their legacy has left us?

BeaugardStevens
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This is ridiculous- if this guy could perform miracles, don't you think we would have known about it at the time?  This "miracle" business is an insult to intelligent minds everywhere.  It means nothing.  Is this where the other miracles were found, after someone was dead, people scrambled to find some vague incident in their past so they could throw the label of "miracle" on it?  Religion is a complete and utter joke and this is just more proof of that.

KevinM.Young
KevinM.Young

"Her" death? Father Josemaria Escriva was a man.

NnekaUgochukwu
NnekaUgochukwu

Here come the haters and Catholic bashers...

cat1222
cat1222

I'm not a Catholic basher. I was raised Catholic but I'm also an intelligent woman who can think for herself. I do my research. In 2003, while a student a Providence College, a Catholic college, Pope John Paul II admitted to knowing about the abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of Catholic priests. He admitted to helping to protect the priests. He even had one of them moved to the Vatican to work with him. We discussed it over and over in our classes. We were all angry and upset over this. I'm not making this up. It happened! Yes, he did some good but his actions concerning the abuse means he did more bad than good. Not saint material that is for sure!

eqquesz
eqquesz

@NnekaUgochukwu Hey, I didn't come here to see that you really revere this white clown, did I?

DianeSagan
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I thought there would be an announcement that the guy was a pedophile and the church finally decided to come clean with the truth that the church is really a pedophile organization.

Read Caesar's Messiah by Joseph Atwill for the new discoveries on who wrote the bible and why

cat1222
cat1222

He wasn't a pediphile but he helped in the cover up.

eqquesz
eqquesz

The guy leaves a huge mess, quits his job, now he's a saint for it. Hmmmm.

eqquesz
eqquesz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ooop! Same story Wrong Pope.