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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Alleged miracle puts Pope Paul VI one step closer to sainthood


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Alleged miracle puts Pope Paul VI one step closer to sainthood


ROME (RNS) Vatican officials have approved what they believe to be a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, putting the pontiff who served for much of the 1960s and ’70s one step closer to possible sainthood.

The Vatican’s Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said the healing of an unborn child is medically “unexplainable,” and could serve as the miracle that allows Paul VI to be beatified.

A painting of Pope Paul VI, who issued the Humanae Vitae encycical in 1968, at the Casa Santa Maria dell'Umilta of the Pontifical North American College, Rome. Religion News Service file photo by Rene Shaw
A painting of Pope Paul VI, who issued the Humanae Vitae encycical in
1968, at the Casa Santa Maria of the Pontifical North
American College, Rome. Religion News Service file photo by Rene Shaw

The sainthood cause for Paul VI, who reigned 1963 to 1978, was opened in 1993, allowing him to be called a “Servant of God.” Last year, Pope Benedict XVI moved the process along in declaring that Paul “lived a life of heroic virtue,” allowing him to be called “Venerable.”

Paul was a pivotal pope for the Roman Catholic Church, even as he is sometimes overshadowed by the charismatic papacies of his predecessor, John XXIII, and John Paul II, who are both scheduled to be declared saints next year. John XXIII and Paul VI were seen as so important that the man who succeeded Paul, John Paul I, took both names as his own; he died a month after his election.

Paul oversaw the conclusion and implementation of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which among other things transformed relations with other Christians and Jews and changed the Mass from Latin to local languages. His 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae” banned artificial birth control, and he was also the first pope to visit Jerusalem.

In the early 1990s, a pregnant woman was told her fetus had serious problems that usually result in brain damage. Doctors advised her to abort the fetus, but the woman refused, praying for Paul’s intercession because of “Humanae Vitae.”

The child was born without any defects, though doctors waited to judge the veracity of the healing until the child reached puberty and could have a more thorough health examination.

The healing is not considered a certified miracle until it is approved by a team of theologians and Pope Francis. But the most difficult step in this process is usually the recognition from the medical commission.
In 2012, the Rev. Antonio Marazzo, the postulator for Paul’s sainthood cause, told Vatican Radio the events where “truly extraordinary and supernatural that occurred thanks to the intercession of Paul VI.” Last month, at a conference on Paul’s 1964 visit to the Holy Land, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan said Paul’s beatification should be “relatively imminent.”

Once approved as a miracle — likely to come in the next several months, according to Vatican sources — Paul can be beatified, allowing him to be called “Blessed.” A second post-beatification miracle would be needed for canonization.

Roman Catholics pray in front of a “holy bone”

December 16, 2013
If you ever visit Macao, you are invited to venerate or adore the right arm of Francis Xavier, a priest from Spain.

The Bible says man shall not bow down to created things, and declare them holy.
The debate on the difference of worship of idols is a frequent issue on New That Matters. The Roman Catholic Church claim that they do not worship idols, but admit that the Vatican promotes adoration and veneration of relics, even bones.
The reader might ask:
What is the difference between worship, adoration and veneration?
The Bible does not make any distinction between these three words. Forget of adoring images or idols in the name of “god”. God of the Bible does not want his followers to even make such items, and claim created things to be “holy”.

The Roman Catholics bows down before a bone of Francis Xavier, and pray.
Neither does God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit want people to bow down in front of them.
Exodus 20:3-5
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
In the King James version the words “adore” or “Venerate” is not mentioned at all. In the NIV, the word “adore” appears once.
Worship is mentioned 188 times in the King James version. In the NIV, 254 times.
So the Roman Catholic explanation about a difference between the three words, are based on human wisdom and man-made doctrines.
This is the official version about the adoration and veneration, or shall we say worship of the bone in Macao.
Another place that we visited in Macao was the chapel of St. Joseph’s seminary, where a relic of St. Francis Xavier’s right arm is venerated (the other half is at the Church of the Gesù in Rome).
There are also other interesting pictures of Roman Catholics bowing down to and kissing relics.

A Catholic Bishop bow down and pray in front of a “Holy relic”. Only adoration? To all who can see, this looks like worship.

Vatican priests forces a boy to kiss a relic.

A Police officer bows, and kisses what the Roman priests claim is “Holy”.

A Catholic lady bows down, and a priest touches her head with a relic.

Catholic priest offering incense in front of a box with relics.
One of the most obvious evidence of wrongdoing, is a Cardinal bowing before a box with a relic.  This is a photo of what the Roman Catholic Church claims is a “holy man”. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor venerates the relics of St Therese of Lisieux.”

Source of this photo.
There is not much we can do with men like Cardinal O’Connor. He seems to be a cursed man, who will refuse to repent from his worship, adoration and veneration of created things in the name of “god”. But you do not have to follow His example. Please repent, or you too will perish.
Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Revelation 22:14-16
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Written by Ivar