|India||TRIBAL GIRL HEALS WITH PRAYER, ROSARY|
Hundreds of people have flocked to a peasant tribal girl in northeastern India's Nagaland state, hoping to be healed by her prayers, rosary and herbal medicines.
UCA News reports that 13 year old Razouvonu Jacinta claims she received healing powers after God "miraculously" cured her in 1996 of a five-month illness from which, she said, "no one expected me to survive."
She said that initially hundreds came to her to cure diseases such as paralysis and stomach ailments. The numbers have decreased, but that at least seven to eight people come to her every week.
She said that she realised her healing power after God appeared to her in a dream and promised to heal her. After the dream she "felt relieved, and when I got up, I could open my eyes. I was getting healed," the girl said.
Jesuit Father Gregory D'Souza, the girl's parish priest, told UCA News that he does not know "much about how she derived such powers, but I just know that she has some healing powers and that sick people go to her."
UCA 1:33pm 11/6/99