APRIL 3 2009 17:51h

Boy Walks after Praying at John Paul II's Grave

Pope John Paul II




A nine-year-old Polish boy stood up from the wheelchair and began walking after praying at the grave of John Paul II.

Testimonies about two new miracles that are attributed to John Paul II have been published at the Vatican and Cleveland, on occasion of the marking of the fourth anniversary of the death of the Polish pope, the Ansa agency reported. 

The Archbishop of Krakow, Stanislav Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for decades, informed that a few days ago, a nine-year-old Polish boy who came to pray at John Paul II’s grave beneath the St. Peter’s Basilica has been healed.

“I was told that a nine-year-old boy from Poland, from Gdansk, who had a tumour on his kidney, had been brought to the grave of John Paul II in a wheelchair because he could not walk. There he prayed and as soon as he came out of the St. Peter’s Basilica he told his parents that he wanted to walk, which they took with some doubt. He stood up and began walking”, Dziwisz said.

A young man with grave head injuries survived because he had the pope’s rosary 

Another testimony was told on America’s ABC television channel by a priest in a Cleveland hospital, Ansa reported. A 26-year-old man, Jory Aebly sustained very grave injuries to his head as he was being burgled. According to the priest, the young man survived after getting a rosary the late pope had blessed.

Proof of a miracle is necessary to beatify somebody, after which canonisation follows which declares the person a saint. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is already studying another miracle: the healing of a nun from France who had Parkinson’s disease, of which John Paul II suffered as well.

At the funeral of John Paul II at the St. Peter’s Square in April 2005, the large number of faithful there shouted in Italian “santo subito”, requesting that John Paul II be declared a saint immediately.

The beatification process of the late pope was started by Benedict XVI two months after his death on April 2, 2005, which was extraordinarily quick. But that process is taking a lot more time than believers in Poland would like it to.