What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
World

The government of the Order of Malta will elect in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
Pope Francis

Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
Vatican

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

The miracles of Lourdes: What criteria are used by the Church to recognize them?

2016-02-08

Since 1862, the Church has recognized the authenticity of the apparitions in Lourdes, this small French town that has become one of the great centers of pilgrimage for the sick.

Many say that they are cured of their disease through the intervention of the Virgin. In 1947, due to these claims, the Vatican decided to create a commission of medical experts to study case by case. They must demonstrate whether the alleged cure has a scientific explanation or not. Today, there are over 7,000 cases.

DR. FRANCO BALZARETTI 
International Medical Committee of Lourdes
"The methodology of our committee is very rigorous. If some elements go missing then a file is kept and archived in some cases.”

Franco Balzaretti is one of the 40 distinguished doctors and scholars working on the board of this commission. 

He explains that in order for a cure to be classified, it must be clear, instant and it can be demonstrated with medical documentation before and after. The cured illness must be serious and must demonstrate that previous treatments have failed to promote healing. Psychological cases are set aside because it is more difficult to determine whether or not there was healing.

The commission does not state whether there was a miracle, that is not their place. They only examine if the healing studies have any scientific explanation or not.

DR. FRANCO BALZARETTI 
International Medical Committee of Lourdes
"We are limited when declaring whether healing is not scientifically explicable. We are doctors. Our committee only declares a case a miracle only after an extensive study has been conducted.”

So far, the committee has declared 69 cases of unexplained cures. However, they assert that there could be more cases, yet to be accounted for, out there.


JRB/YA
MG/RR
SV
-PR
Up:JRB
#World