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Canonisation could be in sight for Opus Dei founder

Blessed Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei, might be canonised next year, according to unofficial Vatican sources.

According to the sources, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints acknowledged the miraculous healing of a Spanish doctor, 69, who was suffering from an acute case of dermatological decomposition.

The cure was declared scientifically inexplicable on 17 May, 1992, a few years after the beatification of Monsignor Escrivá. The examination of the theological commission appointed by the Vatican congregation concluded with an approval in 1998, the Roman daily Il Messagero has reported.

The newspaper also reported that the miracle was approved on 21 September by the commission of cardinals and bishops entrusted with examining the case.

Should the above information be confirmed, John Paul II might sign the decree recognizing the miracle this December. Thus the canonization could take place in 2002, the centenary of Escrivá's birth.

Neither official Vatican sources nor anyone of the Opus Dei Prelature in Rome confirmed the possibility that Escrivá's process of canonisation was nearing its end.