John Paul’s sainthood cause moves ahead

Blessed John Paul II

Blessed John Paul II

May 6, 2013

A Vatican-convoked commission of doctors concluded a healing attributed to Blessed John Paul II had no natural explanation, according to Italian news reports.

Eventual papal approval of the alleged miracle would clear the way for the canonization of the pope, who died April 2, 2005, and was beatified May 1, 2011.

If panels of medical doctors and theologians examine the healing and issue positive rulings, the Congregation for Saints’ Causes will vote on whether to recommend the pope recognize the healing as a miracle and set a canonization date.