Subito santo: Blessed John Paul II is to be declared a
saint after Pope Francis signed a decree stating that a second
miraculous healing had occurred through the intercession of the
Polish pope, writes Simon Caldwell.
The Pope also took the unusual step of inviting cardinals to
vote on whether the canonisation of Blessed John XXIII should take
place in the absence of a second miracle.
The second miracle that allowed Blessed John Paul to be
canonised little more than eight years after his death in April
2005 involved the medically inexplicable healing of a Costa Rican
woman, Floribeth Mora Diaz (above), who suffered from a
The Vatican confirmed the news when it published a list of
decrees relating to a total of 12 causes for canonisation. The
statement concluded: "The Supreme Pontiff approved the favourable
votes of the ordinary session of the cardinal and bishop fathers
regarding the canonisation of Blessed John XXIII . . . and has
decided to convoke a consistory that will also involve the
canonisation of Blessed John Paul II"