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Medical Team Certifies Archbishop Sheen Miracle

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:13:38 CST
By: Judy Valente

Medical Team Certifies Archbishop Sheen Miracle
An archbishop who hails from Illinois is one step closer to becoming a Catholic saint. The late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been credited with his first miracle, a critical step toward canonization in the Catholic Church. WGLT's Judy Valente has more.

A team of medical experts working for the Vatican says a Peoria area infant that appeared to be still born in September 2010 suddenly recovered after the child's family prayed for the intercession of Bishop Fulton Sheen. The medical team concluded there is "no natural explanation" for the infant's healing. Sheen, who was born in El Paso, Illinois and grew up in Peoria, still has a ways to go before being declared a saint. The Vatican medical team's findings now have to be examined by a host of bishops and cardinals and ultimately the Pope. An additonal miracle has to be certified before Sheen can move on to the canonization process. There is no timetable within which that miracle has to occur. As for timing, says one monsignor, "We leave that up to God."


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