[img]https://www.sermonindex.net/images/forum/2004/may/featured_news.gif[/img]VATICAN CITY - An American Jew cured of a brain tumor after attending Mass with Pope John Paul II. A Mexican boy stricken with leukemia who recovered after a papal kiss. Even a cardinal who regained his ability to speak after John Paul touched his throat.Italian newspapers have been rife with reports of alleged miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II, fueling speculation he may soon be put on the path to sainthood.Vatican rules, though, are clear: For a miracle to be considered in the saint-making process, it has to have occurred after John Paul's death. So far, all the reports stem from inexplicable cures that occurred while John Paul was very much alive.But that hasn't stopped the frenzy surrounding popular calls for John Paul to be put on the fast-track to sainthood, spurred by the spontaneous chants of "Santo, Santo" that erupted during his funeral Friday.Archbishop Edward Nowak, secretary in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, added to the speculation Monday after he was quoted as saying a decision on starting the saint-making process could come as early as October, when bishops from around the world meet in Rome.
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[i]A dark cloud hangs over St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, April 11, 2005. Cardinals started their last week of preparations before sealing themselves off from the world in a secret conclave to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)[/i]