Priest claims Mother Teresa miraculous cure

The sainthood cause of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta could cross its last hurdle if the Vatican approves an allegedly miraculous cure a priest claims he experienced on the 10th anniversary of her death.

Salesian Father V.M. Thomas says Mother Teresa's intercession was responsible for the disappearance of a large kidney stone.

The stone disappeared in an unexplainable manner after Father Thomas celebrated Mass and prayed to Mother Teresa on September 5, the day before he was scheduled for surgery.

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati gave the agency a copy of the priest's files and medical records and, according to the priest's notes, the surgeon affirmed "the disappearance of the calculus (stone) was beyond medical explanation."

The priest had been suffering from severe abdominal pain for several months. Medical examinations in a Guwahati hospital revealed he had kidney stones and doctors advised him to take medicine to help dissolve them.

On September 5, the day his surgery was scheduled, his doctor allowed him to leave the hospital to celebrate Mass at Shishu Bhavan, a home for abandoned children Mother Teresa started in Guwahati.

At the Mass, he asked those present to pray for him, especially through the intercession of Mother Teresa.

A day later, when the final presurgical x-ray was taken, the doctors could not locate the stone. A repeat X-ray also proved negative. The chief surgeon then ordered another ultrasound, but that also proved negative.

The surgey was cancelled as the stone had "disappeared".

According to standard Vatican procedure, a miracle that occurred following Mother Teresa's beatification October 19, 2003, would be required for her to be canonized, or declared a saint. In cases of alleged medical miracles, the Vatican has a commission of medical specialists review the case.

Indian priest says his cure was miracle through Mother Teresa

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