HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is closer to having a second saint. The Vatican today cleared the way for the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope.
A group of cardinals and bishops confirmed a Vatican finding that there is no medical explanation for a second miracle attributed to Cope. The Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints made the unanimous ruling.
A final approval now goes to Pope Benedict who will make an announcement of the date for the canonization.
The 'second miracle' involves the healing of a woman who the church says had a fatal health condition.
On December 20, 2004 Pope John Paul II declared at a special session held at the Vatican that there had been a miracle due to the intercession of Venerable Marianne Cope.
The first miracle involved a 14-year-old Syracuse girl who was dying of multiple organ failure.
Blessed Marianne is, after Saint Damien, Hawaii's second candidate for sainthood. She succeeded Father Damien as the guiding force of the Hansen's disease settlement in Kalaupapa, Molokai, from 1889 until her death there in 1918.
For more than 30 years, Mother Marianne ministered to these patients at Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii and promised her sisters that none of them would ever contract the disease. To this day, no sister has. Her compassionate care has earned her the affectionate title of "beloved mother of the outcasts."
Mother Marrianne Timeline
- 2003 -2004: The Vatican Medical Board, theologians and cardinals and bishops at the Congregation for the Cause of Saints unanimously affirm Mother Marianne's heroic virtue and Mother Marianne becomes Venerable Marianne Cope.
- 2004: The Vatican Medical Board rules unanimously that a miracle case is an inexplicable medical recovery. Theologians rule unanimously that the miracle was due to the intercession of Venerable Marianne Cope. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirms Mother Marianne for beatification. Pope John Paul II affirms the miracle case, allowing Mother Marianne to be eligible to be declared blessed.
- 2005: Mother Marianne Cope is proclaimed "Blessed" during a ceremony at St. Peter's in Rome.
- 2011: The Vatican Medical Board rules unanimously that a second miracle case is an inexplicable medical recovery. Theologians rule unanimously that the miracle was due to the intercession of Blessed Marianne Cope.The Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirms Blessed Marianne for canonization.
Here is a statement from Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva
"We thank God that the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has approved a petition to ask Pope Benedict XVI to officially declare Blessed Marianne Cope, OSF, a saint of the Church. We are particularly joyful in Hawaii, because of Blessed Marianne's worked here, but her example of selfless love can soon be an inspiration to all the world. She was a woman who brought hope and joy to people who had good reason to lose hope and to lament their condition in life. At this time when so many people are losing hope because of our economy and the increased unrest throughout the world, Blessed Marianne inspires us to work simply for the good of others and to allow God to work miracles through the simple things we do. We look forward to honoring this holy woman in our celebrations, and most of all by our faith in the God who begins and sustains every good work among us."