VATICAN CITY, APRIL 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A cardinal who worked closely with John Paul II says that he was once cured of a serious throat condition after the Pope prayed for him and touched the affected area.
Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, revealed details of the incident on Saturday, the second day of the nine days of Masses celebrated for the Holy Father’s eternal rest.
The Italian cardinal, a friend of Karol Wojtyla’s since 1962, spoke of his previously unpublicized healing during the Mass he celebrated in the basilica with Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Pope’s personal secretary.
The cardinal recalled that five years ago doctors operated on one of the main arteries in his neck that supply blood to the brain, “and by error of the doctors, my right vocal cord was paralyzed, obliging me to speak almost imperceptibly.”
Referring to John Paul II, he said: “As a father, he came out to meet me and, for two or three minutes stroked the area where I had been operated.
“I was speechless. Meanwhile, he said to me: ‘Don’t be afraid, you’ll see, you’ll see. … The Lord will give you back your voice. You’ll see. I will pray for you. You’ll see …'”
“Soon after, I was cured,” recalled Cardinal Marchisano.
He added during the homily: “Let us also thank the Lord for having given the Church a Pope like this, and let us ask the Lord for the grace to give to the Church other Popes who will follow this path.”