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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Michael Jackson's glove sells for $350K

Replica mummy bodies on display

Seems this kind of collecting of relics is a general human trait, from displays of the striped suit George Harrison wore in his 1966 US tour ("Step right in, folks, to the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in Cleveland"), to the U.S. practice of gathering at grave sites for Memorial Day.  Including things like the display of Civil War general's shattered legbones (

It's an interesting phenomenon.  To quote from Hitchhiker's ... "mostly harmless."

Ah, telling us what we're supposed to believe again, I see.  For a fellow who's not religious, you certainly have a lot of energy invested in our supposed beliefs. ;-)

I'm not sure why you think religious folks are any less human than the rest of homo sapiens.  Collecting relics of celebrities or heroes is a part of that.  Autographed baseball cards, and then reproduced/printed baseball cards.  One may be more unique, one more of a knock-off.  Both help remind us of the player and his stats.

You win!  You said the magic word.  The duck (the Holy Duck) is going to drop down and give you $100.  (sorry about the Groucho reference, I'm old)

Seriously, I think we should get back into the business of selling indulgences.  There is such a willing customer base out there that will buy anything.  If they don't work, chances are the customer isn't going to demand their money back.  Relics are a good line to market.  I have a lot of old boards lying around.  We could sell splinters and say they were from the cross on Calvary.   Have to admit those clerics from the Middle Ages had things figured out, especially when it comes to profiting from ignorance.  

If a miracle occurs in the forest and nobody is there to witness it, is it still a miracle? 

I heard coverage of it on the national TV station in Ireland today. The “religious affairs” reporter was smiling like a Cheshire cat on “E”. It was vomit inducing. This will be headline news for weeks to come. This is more than delusional. They are F&%$ing nuts!! Some days I have to ask myself if I am part of the same species as them. I think I am partly a “transitional form” to a new species of human as I have nothing in common with them anymore. They appear alien to me and I am losing any remaining interest I had in communicating with them. If I was in a room with 10,000 of those fawning sheep I would be right and every one of them wrong.  Not a hint of intelligence from any of them as they gape at the sky mumbling their ritual nursery rhymes and counting them off on beads. I almost feel embarrassed for them. How so many adult members of my society can be so gullible is bewildering. Most days I can let it pass but they are everywhere at the moment flapping around in a frenzy about their papa.

@Reg - I felt your post deserved an appropriate illustration :)

Why Thank you Thank you Thank you. :-). I feel so much better now. Cats in command.

I have probably said this before but it was so strange to me I have to say it again.  I worked with a Carmelite nun who needed to be engaged in activities to stay out of bed as she recovered from a fractured hip.  We wound up finding ONLINE ROSARY!  She fell asleep repeatedly, and I was basically rendered lethargic myself.  

Just imagine - the power of the internet to bore the masses.

@Diane - it's the way of the world.  We have an internet powerful enough to present us with every conceivable piece of information in seconds, and we use it for LOLCats, porn, and telling people what we ate for dinner.  Oh, and rosaries.  Awesome irony.

truth be told often wonder that myself are these people ever going to wake up? mean genes is atom partner comPARABLE to sugar based pairs form rings on a ladder that has a flaming sword that turns every which way to guard the way to the tree of LIFE nucleotides that signal cerebellum placed ---would think even that would get people to think never mind genes is 3 The Anti Christ Anthrax Vaccine exposing Archeae to O2 giving to it a partner to which they realized they were naked and so they sewed fiG leaves together and hid--word Christ meaning anointed retro viruses gaining a lipid layer from the host cell ---even the old catholic church gets it ya know the pope left the palace and then Francis came to dismantle that false doctrine---600 years since last pope left ya think? thinking non think there's a reason he left to try to get people to wake up there is no church in YHWH Kingdom and through YHWH all things are possible--it's nice to see other servant venting like what is wrong with people? how much proof do some servants need? it's a book of genes as the old church was told long time ago humans pass on to the next LIFE we do not forget they would not give up their testimony even unto never because there is no death now as to why not everyone can hear YHWH speak as clear as Day not listening.yes.j

I have no idea what that post was saying but it made me happy somehow.

Really, it kind of made me want to hide all the sharp things in her house and turn up the lights.


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