January 4, 2011.
The beatification of John Paul II appears to be quickly approaching. According to the Vatican, during the last weeks of 2010, doctors and
theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gathered in
the strictest of secrecy, to finally approve the miracle that will take
the “Venerable” John Paul II to the altars.
It was the instant and unexplainable healing of a French nun, Marie
Simon-Pierre, who suffered from advanced Parkinson's. The disease forced
her to retire from her duties as a nurse in the maternity hospital of
Arles, France. In June 2005, after praying to John Paul II for an
improvement in her disease, the Parkinson's totally disappeared.
Now the miracle just needs to be ratified by the cardinals and bishops
of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and then signed by Benedict
XVI, which is expected to take place this January.
Then, the eventual beatification of John Paul II will be only a matter
of time, and should take place in May or October of this year, which
will bring millions of people together in celebration.