Costa Rican 'miracle' woman was key to John Paul's sainthood

Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:55pm EDT
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By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Floribeth Mora Diaz does not care if people think she is crazy. She is convinced - and so is the Vatican - that she owes her life to a miracle cure because she prayed to the late Pope John Paul.

"I have experienced the mercy of God in my own life and I am grateful," she told a news conference at the Vatican on Thursday explaining what Church investigators believe was a miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession with God.

Pope Francis will elevate John Paul to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday at a ceremony expected to draw more than one million people to the Vatican.

"People can say I am crazy and that's fine. I say I am a holy crazy person because I am healthy now," she said.

Mora, 50, and from Costa Rica, suffered a brain aneurysm in April, 2011. After a series of tests in a hospital, including a brain scan, and after a three-hour operation, doctors gave her the bad news.

"They sent me home and told me I had a month to live and that there was little hope," she said, speaking with tears in her eyes.

She began praying to the late John Paul, to whom she was very devoted and who died six years earlier in 2005.

"I prayed to John Paul and I asked him to tell God that I did not want to die because I love my children and did not want to abandon them," she said.   Continued...

Costa Rican woman Floribeth Mora Diaz poses near a statue of John Paul II after she speaking to the media about the miracle that set Pope John Paul II onto the road of sainthood at the Vatican April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi