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Women behind popes' miracles share their stories

Confined to bed with a brain aneurism, Floribeth Mora Diaz turned to prayer

<p><span class="Apple-style-span">Floribeth Mora Diaz of Costa Rica speaks at a press conference in Vatican City on Thursday. <span class="Apple-style-span">(CNS/Paul Haring)</span></span></p>

Floribeth Mora Diaz of Costa Rica speaks at a press conference in Vatican City on Thursday. (CNS/Paul Haring)

  • Josephine McKenna for RNS
  • Vatican City
  • April 25, 2014
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Floribeth Mora Diaz fought back tears on Thursday as she claimed that the late Pope John Paul II had saved her from an inoperable brain aneurysm three years ago.

Mora will be on hand at Sunday’s historic ceremony in St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis canonizes both John Paul and Pope John XXIII, the Italian pontiff known as “Good Pope John.”

The Costa Rican mother of four faced the world’s media to explain how her inexplicable recovery was a miracle that had led to the popular Polish pope being declared a saint. Two miracles have been attributed to John Paul’s intercession with God, paving the way for his sainthood.

In 2011, Mora was suffering from persistent headaches and was told by doctors that her days were numbered. They said her aneurism was in a “delicate” area and her only option was treatment in Mexico or Cuba, but her family could not afford it.

“The doctors told me there was no sense to continue treatment because they had done everything and there was not much more we could do,” Mora told a packed media conference. “They said I only had one month to live and there was no hope.”

Confined to bed, she lay holding a magazine with a cover photograph of the Polish pope in her home in Tres Rios de Cartago, 12 miles from the capital of San Jose. Her husband, Edwin, urged her to pray.

“My greatest concern was not dying but concern about what would happen to my children,” she said as her voice faltered.

Full Story: Meet the women behind the miracles credited to John Paul II and John XXIII

Source: Religion News Service

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