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Saint Making Miracles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 7TH, 1999
DECISION OF MEDICAL BOARD AT THE VATICAN FURTHERS CANONIZATION CAUSE OF BLESSED KATHARINE DREXEL
BENSALEM, PA (OCTOBER 7, 1999) - Katharine Drexel moved closer to sainthood today when a medical board meeting at the Vatican decided that there is no natural cause for the cure of a 17 month-old child's deafness.
Katherine Drexel Was Canonized on Oct 1, 2000.
From another Website:
Saint Katherine Drexel: From Bensalem to the World.
The first miracle attributed by the church to prayers to Katharine Drexel was the 1974 healing of then-Bensalem resident Robert Gutherman. In March 1974, when he was 14, Gutherman had a severe ear infection that destroyed the three bones in his ear that are needed for hearing and perforated his eardrum. Doctors determined that Gutherman would be permanently deaf in that ear.
His family and several members of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament prayed daily to Drexel for Gutherman's recovery. In September 1974, Gutherman went for a checkup. That's when the doctor realized that Gutherman's bones had been restored to normal, his eardrum had healed and he was able to hear with his right ear.
Pope John Paul II beatified Drexel as a result of Gutherman's cure.
The second miracle was curing the nerve deafness of a Bucks County child, Amy Wall. Amy was born in 1992 with the condition, which was considered incurable. In November 1993, Amy's mother obtained a relic from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and placed it on Amy's ears. The Wall family began praying to Drexel.
In March 1994, a preschool teacher at Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton saw dramatic changes in Amy's responses to sound. Tests showed that Amy was able to hear normally.
On Jan. 27, the pope accepted Amy's cure as attributable to Drexel, paving the way for her canonization.
Catholic Documentation for Saints Continues:
The canonization of St. Julie Billiart Sisters of Notre Dame.
On May 13, 1906 Julie Billiart was Beatified, the first step in the church process to being canonized a saint. Proof of three miracles is needed. Julie was canonized on June 22, 1969.
*Miracle #1: Monsieur Homer Rhodius born in Namur, Belgium. At the age of 40 he began to suffer severe stomach pains and migraines. He was seriously ill and his condition continued to worsen. He was diagnosed with a serious disease - uremia - and no remedies existed. He fell into a coma and was given 24 hours to live. His family placed a relic of St. Julie on the sick man and prayed unceasingly to her. The following morning he began to improve, the second day he regained consciousness and on the fourth was able to take nourishment. Shortly after, he was declared well and returned to work. No symptom of the disease ever re-appeared.
* Miracle #2: Mr. Otacilio Ribeiro, age 29 was in a dying condition and brought to the hospital of Campos Novos, Brazil on September 29, 1950. His abdomen was so swollen that the doctors considered it necessary to perform an emergency operation, and he received the last sacraments. As soon as the doctors began the operation they saw there was nothing they could do. He suffered from a rare tumor that filled almost the entire pelvis. The Sisters of Notre Dame who directed the hospital placed a relic on the abdomen of the sick man. On the second day of the novena, the man felt better, the abdomen was back to normal size and there was no sign of any tumor. Ribeiro returned home, perfectly cured and resumed heavy work in the fields.
Website:Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Divine Mercy; Saint Faustina
"The Vatican announced the canonization date March 10. St. Faustina's elevation to the honors of the altar follows the miraculous healing of an American priest. The Vatican announced Dec. 20 that the 1995 healing of Father Ron Pytel of Baltimore, Maryland, was a miracle. This set the stage for the Faustina's canonization.Her canonization on Mercy Sunday (the second Sunday of the Easter season) took place on the same Sunday on which she was beatified in 1993. She is the first saint of the new millennium.The healing of Fr. Pytel follows the 1981 miraculous healing of Lee, Massachusetts, resident Maureen Digan. The recognition of her healing as a miracle in December of 1992 led to St. Faustina's beatification."
Father Ron Pytel poses with a portrait of St. Faustina at his parish, Holy Rosary, the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy, in Baltimore, Maryland.
"In 1995, a massive calcium build-up in Fr. Pytel's aortic valve due to a congenital heart condition left him with a permanently damaged left ventricle -- a condition that is rarely known to heal and if it does, occurs only after a very long time. His doctor, Dr. Nicholas Fortuin, a world-renowned cardiologist from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, said that he expected Fr. Pytel's heart never to be normal and that the then 48-year-old pastor would likely never be able to return to the full exercise of his parish duties.On Oct. 5, 1995, the anniversary of Saint Faustina's death, members of Fr. Pytel's parish and some friends gathered for a day of prayer to seek his healing through St. Faustina's intercession. Upon venerating a relic of the Saint, the priest collapsed to the floor, unable to move for about 15 minutes, although he remained conscious.During Fr. Pytel's next regular check-up, about a month later, Dr. Fortuin discovered a sudden change in the condition of the priest's heart -- it was now normal."
Professional Medical Opinion.
"On November 16th and December 9th, 1999, respective teams of medical and theological experts at the Vatican concluded their definitive investigation of Fr. Pytel's healing. The medical professional representing the Postulators of St. Faustina's cause was Dr. Valentin Fuster, Director of Mt. Sinai's Cardiovascular Institute in New York City. He is regarded as the preeminent expert in the world in the field of cardiovascular disease. The medical doctors evaluated the healing as scientifically unexplainable, and the theologians verified that it was definitely to be attributed to the intercession of Saint Faustina. The solemn promulgation of the decree establishing the fact of the healing as a miracle took place at the Vatican in the presence of Pope John Paul II on Dec. 20, 1999."
An Old case but interesting>
Society for the Little Flower (Website) FAQ (visited 6/3/01)
St. Theresse of Lisieux
"Regarding St. Therese, in 1923 the Church approved of two spontaneous cures unexplained by medical treatment. Sister Louise of St. Germain was cured of the stomach ulcers she had between 1913 and 1916. The second cure involved Charles Anne, a 23 year old seminarian who was dying from advanced pulmonary tuberculosis. The night he thought he was dying, Charles prayed to Therese. Afterward, the examining doctor testified, "The destroyed and ravaged lungs had been replaced by new lungs, carrying out their normal functions and about to revive the entire organism. A slight emaciation persists, which will disappear within a few days under a regularly assimilated diet." These two miracles resulted in Therese becoming beatified."
"Once she was declared Blessed, it took only two years for the necessary next two miracles to be approved. In 1925, two cures had been investigated and judged to be supernatural, through the intercession of St. Therese. The first involved Gabrielle Trimusi from Parma, Italy. Gabrielle had suffered from arthritis of the knee and tubercular lesions on the vertebrae. The final cure involved Maria Pellemans of Schaerbeck, Belgium. Maria suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis which had spread, as Therese's illness had, to the intestines. The diagnosis of pulmonary and intestinal tuberculosis was made by a Dr. Vandensteene, who also examined Maria after she came back from visiting Therese's grave. The doctor testified, "I found Miss Pellemans literally transformed. This young woman, out of breath from the least movement, moves about without fatigue; she eats everything given to her, with a very good appetite. The abdomen presents no tender point, when formerly the least pressure produced severe pain. All symptoms of tubercular ulceration of the intestine have disappeared." In reports predating Maria's return to health, two other physicians confirmed Dr. Vandensteen's diagnosis of pulmonary and intestinal tuberculosis. On May 17, 1925, Therese was officially declared a Saint by Pope Pius XI."
Miracles Confirmed for Some canonization Candidates.
Opus Dei, Blessed Josemaria
After his death thousands of letters were sent to Rome asking the Pope to open his cause of beatification and canonization. Among them were letters from 69 Cardinals and nearly 1,300 Bishops -- more than a third of the world episcopate. Many miracles have been attributed to Blessed Josemaria's intercession, including some inexplicable medical cures. In 1976 Carmelite sister Concepcion Boullon Rubio was at the point of death when she was suddenlyand completely cured of a rare disease called lipomatosis after members of her family prayed to God for a cure through the intercession of Blessed Josemaria. The miracle was unanimously approved for Msgr. Escriva's beatification by the Board of Physicians for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, a meeting of the Theological Consultors, the Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops, and, finally, by Pope John Paul II.
Padre Pio Foundation of America
"Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!"
"The canonization might now be possible thanks to the cure of 8-year-old Matteo Pio (his surname was not given for reasons of privacy) of San Giovanni Rotondo, the town where the Capuchin friar lived for more than 50years. Matteo was stricken with meningitis Jan. 20. His father, a doctor, immediately put him in the House for the Relief of Suffering, the hospitalfounded by Padre Pio. The doctors' initial diagnosis left no room for hope:Matteo's death was imminent. Dr. Paolo De Vivo, head of the hospital's resuscitation department, recalled: "His condition was desperate, due to cardio-circulatory collapse,breathing and renal deficiency." However, 12 days later, Matteo woke up as if nothing had happened. No doctor has been able to explain this phenomenon. The boy said that while he was in a coma he dreamed of Padre Pio, who smiled at him."
Five doctors of the medical commission of the Vatican Congregation for theCauses of Saints are studying the case to confirm the inexplicability of thecure. If the commission makes a favorable judgment, the case will then bestudied by a theological commission and, later, by a commission of cardinalsand bishops of the congregation. If these two bodies confirm the directrelation between the cure and Padre Pio's intercession, then a miracle will be presumed. Matteo's cure has already passed the examination of the Diocese ofManfredonia. The postulator of the cause of Padre Pio's canonization has already received two other cases of inexplicable cures that could be presented torequest his canonization. The first has to do with Giorgio Rinzivillo, 22, from Modica, Italy, who cameout of what seemed an irreversible coma, suffered as the result of a trafficaccident in April 1999. The second is the case of Antonio Trabucco, who isretired and lives in Naples. Trabucco was cured from partial paralysis in June 1999."