November 8th, 2015 - When Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, a saint in on April 27, 2014, one of the special guests at the huge ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was a middle-aged Costa Rican woman, Floribeth Mora Diaz and her family. Floribeth had suffered a brain aneurysm in April, 2011. After a series of tests in hospital, including a brain scan, and after a three-hour operation, doctors gave her the bad news. Doctors sent her home and told her that she had one month to live and there was little hope for her.
She began praying to the late John Paul, to whom she was very devoted and who died six years earlier in 2005. On May 1, 2011, still sick, she woke up at 2 a.m. and turned on the television to watch the ceremony in St. Peter's Square where John Paul was being beatified, the last step before sainthood. She felt a strong presence of Blessed John Paul II who told her not to be afraid. She arose from her bed, shocking her husband, and told him, "I feel good." After successive tests, her doctors were stupefied and they had no way to explain her sudden healing. A Vatican medical commission later declared that the cure was medically inexplicable. This was the miracle needed for John Paul II’s canonization.
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