Several media agencies reported that The Commission of
Theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the
second miracle, which occurred after John Paul II’s beatification, and
which is an indispensable condition for his canonization. However, the
official confirmation has yet to be announced by the Holy See. The
proclamation of John Paul II’s sanctity will take place just eight years
after his death.
Following the approval of the second miracle, the consensus is now
necessary of the Commission of Cardinals and Bishops of the
aforementioned dicastery, which will be meeting in the next few weeks.
Pope Francis would then give his approval and fix the date of the
The verdict of the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the
Causes of Saints was given at the end of April – the inexplicable cure
of a woman attributed to John Paul II. The miracle took place on the
night of May 1, 2011, the day of Pope Wojtyla’s beatification. Nothing
is known about its nature, but it has been referred to as very
Monsignor Slawomir Oder, postulator of the cause, presented the
alleged miracle last January to the doctors for their examination and
statement on its miraculous nature.
The two doctors of the Vatican Consultation were the first to approve
it, considering it an inexplicable cure. The clinical material was then
presented officially to the dicastery and discussed by the
Consultation, a commission of seven doctors.
The Consultation, headed by cardiologist Patrizio Polisca, who looked
after John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis, agreed that the
cure was inexplicable.
The miracle that made John Paul II’s beatification possible was the
inexplicable cure of a nun, Sister Marie Simon Pierre, who was suffering
The Church establishes that after the Commission of Cardinals
approves the heroic virtues of a candidate, a first miracle is necessary
to proclaim him Blessed, as confirmation by God, given that in a whole
human life there can be unknown factors that impede holiness. If the
cause is that of a martyr, a first miracle is not necessary. A Blessed
may be venerated publicly in the local Church, namely, in his diocese.
A second miracle is required for canonization, after the candidate
has been proclaimed Blessed .
Canonization bestows on the candidate the
title of Saint, allowing them to be venerated with public devotion by
the whole Catholic Church.