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'Miraculous' healings spark huge surge in Catholic numbers
A series of unexplained healings in the Indian diocese of Itangar has led to an increase of 40% in the Catholic population.
- Marco Tosatti
- July 3, 2012
According to the prelate, the numerous unexplained healings which preceded and resulted from prayer, are the main reason for this extraordinary increase in CatholicsÂ - 40% over 35 years - in this remote corner of India. The bishop is informed of things like this on a regular basis; and the stories â€śbaffle me. I have a theological mindset and it is easy to become sceptical about this kind of thing. But the interested parties are absolutely convinced that what happened to them was real.â€ť
The prelate mentioned the case of a man who stopped persecuting the Catholic Church after he married a Catholic girl. â€śAfter converting to Catholicism he was asked to pray for a paralytic. He did it even though he did not want to; the next day, the paralytic rose and walked towards the church.â€ť Â The newly converted man was so shocked by this miraculous experience that he started attending mass and â€śis now a very active member of the parish.â€ť
Mgr. Kattrukudiyl is well aware of the scepticism with which most of these miracles are met; when he describes miracles that have taken place people in Europe sometimes say: â€śHey, bishop, youâ€™re telling tales.â€ť But despite the incredulity â€śI am told about many cases of healing which we cannot ignore.â€ť
One possible historical- theological explanation is the relative freshness of the local church. â€śIt is the experience of a very young Church that feels the grace of the Catholic Church in the times of the apostles,â€ť when healing miracles were frequent, as the Scriptures tell us.
According to the prelate, the faithful of his diocese witnessed these miraculous healings after gathering in the home of a sick person whom they had been praying for. â€śPeople who had been sick for a very long time were healed. These people got a real experience of the primitive Church.â€ť
Full Story: India's "impossible" miracles
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa