The beatification of Pope John Paul takes place in Rome tomorrow. French nun Sister Marie Simon-Pierre suffered from Parkinson’s disease for four years but was completely cured some two months after the Pope died.
Having prayed to John Paul II, the nun said, she awoke one morning and was capable of performing previously difficult tasks, such as walking and writing. This amazed her doctor.
"When I went to see my neurologist, he looked at me and said: ’what happened, have you been taking double doses of your dopamine medication?’ No, doctor, I replied, I’ve stopped taking it completely," said sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, a member of the "Little Sisters of Catholic Maternities." "He concluded that there was no more sign of the illness"
“I was sick, and now I am cured,” Simon-Pierre said at a March 30, 2007, press conference in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has been fully cured contrary to reports in the Guardian newspaper.
After an investigation by a medical and religious commission appointed by the Vatican, a miracle was declared last year. The declaration of a miracle can only occur if senior doctors appointed by the Church have certified that there has been an "instant cure" from serious illness that cannot be explained in any other way.