The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis signed a decree Friday confirming that a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the late Pope Paul VI, is authentic and that the former pope will be beatified at the Vatican on October 19th.
Giovanni Battista Montini was born on 26th September 1897 in Concesio, Italy, and died on 6 August 1978 in Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican stated.
Theologians and doctors attested that the healing of a child from California, who was expected to be born with severe brain damage, cannot be explained on medical grounds. The child was born in the 1990s and is now a healthy teenager. .
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints last week unanimously agreed that the healing was a miracle. Pope Francis issued a decree on Friday confirming its authenticity during a private audience with the prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Angelo Amato.