Report of Second Miracle, in re. Cause of JP II


By Isabella Cota

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Suffering a potentially fatal swelling in the brain, Costa Rican grandmother Floribeth Mora says a voice spoke to her through a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, miraculously curing her and sealing the late pontiff’s sainthood.

The Vatican said on Friday Pope Francis had approved Mora’s cure as the requisite second miracle for the sainthood of John Paul II, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005.

Mora says she was diagnosed with an aneurysm in a cerebral artery on April 14, 2011 and sent home from the hospital with the warning she could be dead within a month, although the surgeon who made the diagnosis denies he gave such a warning.

According to Mora, she drifted off to sleep in the early hours of May 1, 2011 after watching a mass on television to mark the beatification of John Paul II, who died in 2005.

She says she prayed to the late pope to heal her, and when she awoke, her eyes fell on a picture of him she had on top of the television.

“I woke up when I heard a voice that said ‘get up,'” Mora, now 50, said on Friday at the Roman Catholic Church’s administrative offices in San Jose, showing the clipping. “I was alone in my room, I only had this clipping that was published around those dates to commemorate John Paul II’s papacy.”

“I had it in front of me and I heard a voice again that said ‘get up’ and I looked at his photo and saw his open arms and I heard a voice that said ‘be not afraid’ and I said ‘Yes Lord,'” she added between tears, a golden rosary hanging around her neck.

“I went to my husband and he asked me what I was doing and I just said ‘I feel fine, I feel fine, I feel fine.'”

In a written statement distributed by the Church, Mora said she had been warned that she likely only had a short time to live.

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“I was even warned that it would not be more than a month,” she said.

The neurosurgeon who admitted and diagnosed Mora, however, denies he gave her a month to live. Alejandro Vargas says he forecast only a 2 percent chance Mora could bleed into her brain again within a year of her diagnosis, possibly killing her.

“She was sent home with medication that would reduce her blood pressure and was advised to improve her diet so as not to raise her cholesterol levels and thus decrease the chance of her having a second bleeding episode. She was sedated because the headaches were too sharp,” he told Reuters. “We didn’t send her home to be sedated and wait until she died in her sleep.”


However, Vargas cannot explain how Mora’s aneurysm disappeared.

“What we found remarkable, unbelievable really, was that by November there was absolutely no trace in her brain that she ever had an aneurysm,” he said. “I had never seen this in my career.”

Before he was beatified, the late John Paul had already been credited with asking God to cure a French nun of Parkinson’s disease, the same malady he himself had suffered from.

Mora lives in a small house in the eastern province of Cartago, around 14 miles southeast of the capital, San Jose, with her husband, Carlos Arce, and their youngest child.

On the doorstep of their small, tidy house, she has erected a shrine to John Paul II.

A large printed image of the first Polish pope is decorated with colorful plastic flowers and Christmas lights. Resting on the pope’s portrait is a piece of paper confirming the diagnosis of her aneurysm.

Not everyone accepts her accounts as a miracle, her husband said.

“We’ve faced a lot of non-believers these last two years,” he said.

A few days ago, their youngest son showed his mother some posts on Facebook from people who didn’t believe that what happened to her was an act of God.

“It’s been very hard on her, those messages did nothing but make her cry,” Arce said.

(The story was refiled to give a new headline)

(Reporting by Isabella Cota; Writing by Simon Gardner; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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6 comments on “Report of Second Miracle, in re. Cause of JP II

  1. My cousin just had a “miraculous” recovery a few months ago. Prayers were being said for her, but we weren’t praying to any person’s intercession just heaven’s.

    She prayed to John Paul II before dozing, but upon waking she was saying “yes, Lord”. Why not “yes, John Paul II”? A voice speaking to her through a photo of the late pontiff could’ve been from the demonic mimicking God and His saints. She did not answer he husband’s query but rather said she felt fine.

    The only thing the doctor really seemed surprised about what that there was no sign of the illness.

    I believe God would not from His positive Will grant miracles through the late pope as he scandalized the Faithful. So He’s either allowing this through His permissive Will or Satan is deceiving us.

  2. A. This is a liberal news media report

    B. It is merely narrative, not investigative and a first year law student would have easily had more cogent, penetrating questions for both the alleged beneficiary and her doc than were entertained in the report, as written.

    C. Miracles, at least in the good old days, had to be verified by Jewish and atheist doctors, along with a panel of others, to avoid even the appearance of collusion and I saw nothing of the sort mentioned.

    D. There was no devil’s advocate in the process, which to me voids ANY further consideration of ANY candidate inasmuch as EVERY Saint – the real ones who did not scandalize, trivialize or outright ignore doctrine, the perennial Magisterium and reason itself by their public antics – in the “name” of a newly founded, liberal “faith” fraught with error, heresy and stupidity – had to pass just such intense scrutiny.

    It’s like being told to believe that a bulimic pantywaist member of the local CPUSA cell is, in reality, a Marine Recon gunnery sergeant with a Silver Star.

  3. One question. Who can we sue for misfeasance, possible fraud and disturbing the peace in this gigantic farce?

  4. I’ll stick with the fact that without the Devil’s Advocate these “so called” canonizations aren’t valid. There are views on both side that canonization is infallible or not. There is no saint that would allow themselves to be anointed by a pagan high priestess, let half naked women near even the happy meal table (martyrs have died protecting the altar from less than this),allow a statue of buddha be placed on a Tabernacle etc., etc. Or allow a fellow mason to give him his cardinal hat.
    Eventually, in God’s time, there will be a pope who is not a modernist who will straighten this whole mess out.

  5. I just feel tired reading taht JPII wil be a “saint”. I tell myself why bother getting all righteous about it? I read that BP said recently “Sicne the church is occupied officially by occupied by modernists we are sent into exile…”

    They are going to do whatever they want to do. The modern church is an “other world” to me now. I just do not care about JPII being called a saint any more. It’s like hearing Michelle Obama referred to as a “beautiful”woman, worthy of admiration and imitation.

    The idea is you can dress your puppy up in a gown and tiara, march her up and down the driveway, and call her MIss America, but that does not make it so. Teh metaphor here works for both of the above.

  6. Wonderfully apt analogies, mp. Kudos!

    And your point, they’ll do as they wish, is exactly on point.

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