Vatican Insider’s Andrea Tornielli reports that a proposed miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II has been approved by Vatican medical experts. In the process of canonization, a miracle must be approved for the person to be declared “Blessed” (which John Paul II was on May 1, 2011) and then a second miracle, which must occur after the beatification ceremony, must be approved in order to move the canonization process forward.
There are a few more steps that need to be taken before Blessed John Paul II can be canonized as a saint, though. The alleged miracle must be brought before theologians and then the bishops and cardinals of the Vatican Congregation for the Saints. If it is approved by all these, it will be brought before Pope Francis for his final approval. However, many consider this first step of approval by medical experts to be the most fundamental and crucial step.
Tornielli reports that, although it is too early to really consider dates for the canonization ceremony, there is the possibility that the process could be complete in time for Blessed John Paul II’s feast day on October 22.
Read the full article at Vatican Insider.