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The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession.
According to a news release from her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., the seven physicians at the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes declared there is no medical explanation for the cure of a woman who had been suffering from an allegedly irreversible fatal condition.
“The board concluded the woman’s healing was inexplicable according to available medical knowledge. The doctors on the case expected her to die and were amazed scientifically at her survival,” the release said.
No other details about the case have been released.
The Sisters of St. Francis received the news from Msgr. Robert J. Sarno, an American priest at the congregation who has been working with the postulator of Mother Marianne’s cause, Father Ernesto Piacentini, in the written presentation of the miracle case at the Vatican.
The miracle, approved June 16 by the medical board, still must pass two more Vatican examinations before it is presented to the pope for final approval for canonization. The first is by a board of theologians who will determine if the healing was the result of prayer for Mother Marianne’s intercession, and then by a committee of cardinals and bishops who will examine the entire case and give a final verdict.