This weekend the Synod of Bishops comes to a close, with the beatification of Pope
Paul VI, who first established the Synod in 1975. The following is an account of
the miracle accepted for his beatification. Vatican Insider, the cardinals and bishops
came to a decision on May 6.
The attributed miracle involves an unborn child, who was found to have a serious
health problem that posed a high risk of brain damage, in the 1990s in California.
The child’s bladder was damaged, and doctors reported ascites (the presence of liquid
in the abdomen) and anhydramnios (absence of fluid in the amniotic sac). Physicians
advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to the
intercession of Pope Paul VI, who succeeded St. John XXIII on June 21, 1963, and
served until his death on Aug. 6, 1978.
The mother took the advice of a nun who was a friend of the family and had met Paul
VI. The mother then prayed for Paul VI’s intercession using a fragment of the pope’s
vestments that the nun had given her.
Ten weeks later, the results of the medical tests showed a substantial improvement
in the child’s health, and he was born by Caesarean section in the 39th week of pregnancy.
He is now a healthy adolescent and considered to be completely healed.
Not only has a Vatican medical commission ruled that the healing is medically inexplicable,
but the consulting theologians for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have
also agreed that the healing was a “supernatural intervention,” according to Father
Marrazzo. The Italian postulator said it is not possible to give more details about
the case in order to “respect the privacy” of the family and the boy concerned. “It’s
logical to leave the boy in peace,” he said. “I don’t think it’s important at this
stage to know who received the miracle, but, rather, know what the miracle consisted