This is the miraculous event that made Pope John Paul II a saint, as described in the article entitled 'Costa Rican woman who elevated the Pope to sainthood: "Praying to John Paul II saved me''':

Floribeth Mora Díaz was told there was no hope. Taken to hospital in Costa Rica, she was devastated to discover that her persistent headaches were the result of an aneurysm in the brain. The doctors said her days were numbered. [...] 

Alejandro Vargas Román, the neurosurgeon who treated Mrs Mora, is convinced that her recovery is the result of divine intervention.

"Of course it's true," he told Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion. "I am a Catholic, and as a doctor with many years of experience I do believe in miracles. No one has been able to provide a medical explanation for what happened."

Mr Román was questioned by Vatican authorities in San Jose, who concluded that she was saved by a miracle.

"I talked to the priests, but maybe they were specialised in something," he said. "They weren't doctors; they were theologians or lawyers, so my role was that of medical investigation."

But he is adamant that the science is sound.

"We have to remember that the arteriography [images of the blood vessels] was seen by various people within this hospital, and also shared at a symposium in Mexico. The images are stored here. Any person who needs to see the studies; they are here," he said. 

From another source:

"The neurosurgeon who admitted and diagnosed Mora, however, denies he gave her a month to live. Alejandro Vargas says he forecast only a 2 percent chance Mora could bleed into her brain again within a year of her diagnosis, possibly killing her. 

"She was sent home with medication that would reduce her blood pressure and was advised to improve her diet so as not to raise her cholesterol levels and thus decrease the chance of her having a second bleeding episode. She was sedated because the headaches were too sharp," he told Reuters. "We didn't send her home to be sedated and wait until she died in her sleep."

Thus, the God of the Gaps reigns supreme. Find a pocket of ignorance, add religion, some wild exaggeration, bake for 2 minutes, and God appears.

Crackpot: How do you explain X?
Me: I can't.
Crackpot: See? God did it. It's the ONLY explanation! The science is sound!

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Don't you think that by doing this 'beatification' process and making saints by the dozen, the current activity at the Vatican is merely cheapening the concept of sainthood?  The last couple of Popes have made more saints than the entire Papacy before them.  Even their followers would have to start questioning the merits of sainthood if the commodity is made so freely available.

Hopefully soon, they will start canonising domestic pets for our entertainment.

I have to agree, @Strega.  The canonization process has become increasingly comical in the past 20 years.  John Paul II really dismantled a lot of the mechanisms for internal and external review and skepticism.   So I suppose it's appropriate that he benefits by it, LOL.

Familiarity breeds contempt.  I don't mind how cheap sainthood gets, but I'd have thought there would be a few brains in the Vatican that could have figured this out.

And I forgot, on the pet front, we already have Saint Bernard, Saint Charles, etc...

I think they're just desperate to keep the faithful occupied and immersed in the the world of Catholicism as the modern world continues to chip away at their numbers.

Our numbers are quite stable.  The real issue of "chipping away at numbers" is actually the encroachment of evangelical/fundamentalist protestantism in traditionally Catholic urban areas in Latin America.   What is one to make of the growth of fundamentalism in the "modern world"?

Perhaps you should raise and support some sort of catholic army to war with the protestants? No, sorry that could never happen, what a stupid idea, a church based on the life of jesus espousing war.

Does that mean I can scrape the bumper sticker off my car from the Korean War era, that reads, "Kill a Commie for Christ"?

Saint Bernard?   I didn't think you went in for DOGma, @Strega.   Perhaps you use Roman collars on your pets? 

No, only on her friends and relatives.

I am from Costa Rica and believe me... the media coverage is crazy, this lady is the face of ignorance and attention need.

Hi Eduardo, and welcome.  Perhaps the media coverage and responses are a way to avoid being depressed by 'earthly' problems and the mundane aspects of the struggle to survive.

I wonder if his body will end up on display. Sooooo creepy. I can't believe I was part of that cult.


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