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Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to soon-to-be Blessed Fulton Sheen’s intercession, paving the way for his beatification.

Last Friday, Pope Francis met with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing:

“the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen, titular archbishop of Newport, former bishop of Rochester; born on 8 May 1895 in El Paso, Illinois, United States of America, and died on 9 December 1979 in New York, United States of America.”

The miracle involves an inexplicable recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, still-born in September of 2010. Showing no signs of life, his parents prayed to the late archbishop as doctor’s tried to revive their son.

“I believe it was Sheen’s intercession that played a key role in it, but it was Jesus who healed my son.”

In March of 2014, a team of seven medical experts unanimously approved the recovery as inexplicable. That same year, his cause for canonization was suspended as his remains were not in his hometown of Peoria in Illinois by Bishop Daniel Jenky.

After Sheen’s remains were transferred, his cause was reopened. Pope Francis approving the miracle paved the way for his upcoming beatification.

“It is truly amazing how God continues to work miracles. I am so grateful that the Vatican acted so quickly after last week’s transfer of Sheen’s remains from New York to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.”

While the date has not been announced yet, Bishop Jenky “hopes and prays” it will be soon. Learn more about the beatification and life of the late archbishop at the official website for the Sheen Foundation here.

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