Pope attributes 'miracle' to late televangelist
July 8, 2019 | 33 comments
Sheen was regarded as one of the first televangelists. Image Credit: PD - ABC Radio
Pope Francis has declared that Fulton J Sheen, who died in 1979, is responsible for saving a baby's life.
According to the Vatican, Sheen, who was a well known evangelical figure in the United States for several decades, intervened from beyond the grave to save the life of a baby in Illinois whose heart had started beating again after 61 minutes of cardiac arrest.
The child's remarkable recovery, which happened back in 2010, had been the subject of a canonical investigation by the diocese to determine whether or not a miracle had occurred.
In the Catholic church, being attributed with performing a miracle enables a candidate for sainthood to be beatified, however a second miracle is required to cement formal sainthood status.
A date for Sheen's beatification has yet to be set but it is expected to be soon.
"It is truly amazing how God continues to work miracles," said Bishop Daniel Jenky.
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