Book Looks at the Cures of Lourdes

ROME, FEB. 8, 2004 ( A book new to Italian bookstores says the Church has officially recognized 67 miracles and some 7,000 inexplicable cures since the 1858 apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes.

“Il Medico di Fronte ai Miracoli” (“The Doctor in the Face of Miracles,” St. Paul Publishers) is written by the Italian Doctors Association with the collaboration of Patrick Thiellier, director of the Medical Bureau, the center established at the French shrine to scientifically examine the alleged cases of healing.

The book, discussed today on Vatican Radio, includes the norms indicated by John Paul II governing the recognition of miracles in the causes of saints.

It also includes the “Instruction on Prayers for Healing” published in 2000 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.