The Vatican on Thursday approved the final step necessary for the beatification of Pope John XXIII, crediting him with curing an Italian nun of severe bleeding and infection.
    A decree recognising a miracle attributed to John's intercession was among several decrees approved at a ceremony in the presence of the current pontiff, Pope John Paul II.
    The Vatican said there was no natural explanation for the recovery of a young Italian nun who had severe stomach bleeding and infection in 1966. After other nuns put an image of John XXIII on her stomach, the emaciated nun immediately rose from her bed and began eating again. The nun, Sister Caterina Capitani, now lives in the southern city of Potenza.
    Last month, the Vatican had declared the "heroic virtues" of John XXIII, who convened the Second Vatican Council that launched such changes as use of local languages instead of Latin for Mass.
AP 12:13am 31/1/00

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