Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Miraculous cancer cure in St. Louis could canonize Marianist founder

http://worldchristianchurches.blogspot.comLast Friday an evening prayer service marked the Archdiocese of the St. Louis’ official closure of its investigation into an alleged miraculous cure and attributed to Bl. William Chaminade, founder of the Marianist order.

The archdiocesan tribunal, established by the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to investigate the claim, will now send its findings to the Vatican.

The claim concerns area resident Rachel Lozano, who since her sophomore year of the high school has been diagnosed with cancer three times. As treatment, she underwent three different therapies including the chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant and surgery. Doctors told her that no one ever survived her type of the cancer after a stem cell transplant.

After joining a group of St. Louisians who attended the year 2000 beatification for the Society of Mary founder and Fr. William Joseph Chaminade, Lozano began to pray for his intercession. The first miracle needed for the Marianist founder's beatification was an Argentinean woman's healing from the lung cancer, according to the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

But in the months after Lozano returned from her pilgrimage, her cancer aggressively came back.

After doctors told her that her situation was in terminal, she had surgery to remove the third tumor but doctors found it was dead. They told to Lozano there was no medical explanation for the reversal.

If the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of the Saints declares the cure to be a miracle, Blessed William Chaminade can be recognized as a canonized saint, pending Pope Benedict XVI's for approval.

St. Louis’ only miraculous cure to be declared the authentic by the Vatican took place in the nineteenth century. It was one of the two miracles required for the canonization of the St. Peter Claver.

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