John Paul II mystery miracle nun identified

A French newspaper has identified a 45-year-old nun as the beneficiary of a miracle credited to the intervention of the late John Paul II, whose cause for canonisation will move a step forward with the submission of a dossier on the miracle to the Holy See.

The mystery nun is Sr Marie-Simon-Pierre whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson's disease could prompt the Church to beatify Pope John Paul II, an official at the Paris maternity hospital where she works said on Wednesday, the i>International Herald Tribune reports.

The nun says that she was cured of Parkinson's after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul.

The nun, a member of the "Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood" in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France, works at the Sainte-Felicite hospital in Paris, said the official, who declined to be identified because an official announcement is expected this Sunday.

The bishop in the woman's diocese will announce details about her case during his Palm Sunday Mass this weekend, said Msgr Slawomir Oder, the Polish cleric spearheading the pontiff's beatification cause.

French newspaper Le Figaro, in an unsourced report late on Wednesday on its website, first identified the nun.

The nun is travelling to Rome for ceremonies on Monday marking the second anniversary of the pontiff's death and the closure of a church investigation into his life which began after chants of "Santo Subito!" or "Sainthood Now!" erupted during John Paul's 2005 funeral.

Pope Benedict XVI previously announced in May 2005 that he was waiving the traditional five-year waiting period and allowing the beatification process to begin.

Only one document about the long-mysterious nun's experience has been made public: an article she wrote for Totus Tuus, the official magazine of John Paul's beatification case.

She wrote of being diagnosed with Parkinson's in June 2001, having a strong spiritual affinity for John Paul because he too suffered from the disease and suffering worsened symptoms in the weeks after the pope died on 2 April 2005.

The nuns of her community prayed for her, and exactly two months after the pontiff's death, she awoke in the middle of the night cured, she wrote.

According to Monsignor Oder, the Rome diocese was "spoiled for choice" among dozens of reported miracle cures attributed to John Paul II, of which about 20 warranted serious consideration, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Mystery French nun in Pope Jean Paul's beatification case identified (International Herald Tribune, 28/3/07)
Miracle puts Pope John Paul II on road to sainthood (Sydney Morning Herald,29/3/07)
Nun a Mystery in John Paul Sainthood (SF Gate, 28/3/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pope John Paul II (Wikipedia)
Pope John Paul II (Vatican)

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JP2 audio cards in sales hit (CathNews, 16/1/07)
John Paul II dream leads to cancer cure (CathNews, 6/11/06)
Vatican may declare John Paul II a martyr (CathNews, 4/7/05)
Polish spies in John Paul II assassination attempt (CathNews, 13/10/06)

29 Mar 2007