VATICAN CITY, March 28 (UPI) — The Vatican reports that support for the beatification of Pope John Paul II is coming from Protestants, non-Christians and even agnostics.
"They come from people who say they are agnostics, non-believers, even Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus," Joaqin Navarro-Valls, a spokesman for the Vatican, told the Italian news agency ANSA. "They say that they would like their testimony to be officially recognized by the church."
Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Polish priest overseeing the process, told the newspaper Corriere della Serra that two non-Catholics suggested that the late pope had performed miracles on their behalf. An Anglican man reported that pain he had been feeling for a long time was relieved after he had a dream about John Paul, while an Orthodox Christian woman said that she believes intercession cured her son’s depression.
John Paul appears to be on track for a speedy beatification, the first step toward being declared a saint. Oder said that he has one potential miracle, a French nun whose Parkinson’s symptoms were relieved after she prayed for John Paul’s intercession. Miracles have to be certified by a medical board.