DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     December 21, 1998     vol. 9, no. 246

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

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THE HOLY SEE APPROVES MIRACLE ATTRIBUTED TO THE INTERCESSION OF PADRE PIO WHILE THOUSANDS AWAIT HIS FUTURE BEATIFICATION

          ROME, 19 (NE) and VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Thousands of Catholics in Italy and around the world expressed their joy as the Holy See approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. That development opens the way for the beatification of the famous capuchin father. The formal recognition of the miracle will be made public by the Holy See on Monday. As Father Di Flumeri said, vice-postulator of the cause for beatification of Padre Pio, "we still cannot know the exact date when the beatification will take place, it can be any month next year."

          The fact the Vatican has officially approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Padre Pio, the famous Capuchin and stigmatist who died in 1968, opens the way for the monk's beatification, which is expected for May 1999.

          In San Giovanni Rotondo, where the capuchin priest is buried, the people expressed their great joy and gratitude for the future beatification of the venerable father. Next week there will be a solemn Mass to celebrate the event. A great number of Catholics is expected to pilgrim to this sanctuary, which every year attracts thousands of people from different parts of the world.

          The miracle approved by the Holy See is that of an Italian woman stricken with a ruptured lymphatic vessel, who before her operation prayed asking the intercession of Padre Pio. The night before the operation, she dreamt of the capuchin father, who told her she would be healed. The next day, to the surprise of everyone, the operation had to be suspended, since the woman was completely healed. This was regarded as "scientifically inexplicable" by a team of doctors studying the case earlier this year for the process of beatification.

          Once the decree recognizing that miracle is formally promulgated, preparations for the beatification ceremony will begin immediately. Because of the worldwide veneration of Padre Pio, and the expectation that many thousands of pilgrims would want to participate in the ceremony, the date for the beatification will probably be announced immediately after the promulgation of the decree. Vatican sources indicate that the date will be set late in May 1999.

          The Vatican is bracing for a crowd of perhaps 250,000 people for the beatification ceremonies. Similarly huge groups of pilgrims have come to Rome for the canonization of St. Maximilien Kolbe in October 1982 and the beatification of Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, in May 1992.


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December 21, 1998       volume 9, no. 246
NEWS & VIEWS

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