The Argentine case that will make John Paul I blessed

Pope Francis yesterday opened the way for the beatification of John Paul I, pontiff for 33 days in 1978, by authorizing the issuance of a decree that recognizes as a miracle attributed to the intercession of that pontiff the cure of a girl in Argentina condemned to death from a serious brain disease.

According to the Vatican, the miracle recognized by the Pope is about the healing of an 11-year-old girl in Buenos Aires, on July 23, 2011, who suffered from “severe acute inflammatory encephalopathy, malignant refractory epileptic disease, septic shock” and which by then was at the end of his life.

Protagonist of one of the shortest pontificates in history, John Paul I, named Albino Luciani, was Pope between August 26, 1978 and his unexpected death on September 28 of that same year.

According to the Vatican, the miracle recognized by the Pope is about the healing of an 11-year-old girl from Paraná, capital of Entre Ríos, who, due to the seriousness of her health condition, was referred to the Favaloro Foundation in the City of Buenos Aires. Aires.

Candela Giarda is the name of that girl who, as of July 23, 2011, began to revert, suddenly and without medical explanations, a severe condition.

The girl’s clinical picture was very serious, characterized by numerous daily epileptic seizures and a septic state caused by bronchopneumonia. In this context, the doctors who treated her had informed the family that there was nothing to do, according to her mother, Roxana Sosa.

With the situation aggravated, the intervention of Father José Dabusti from the Nuestra Señora de la Rábida parish, located a few meters from the Buenos Aires sanatorium, was key to witness the miraculous recovery.

“That night I went in and asked him to go see her. When he approached Cande’s bed, he prayed and told me to put my hands on top of it and entrusted it to Pope John Paul I,” Sosa explained when recalling the night of July 22, 2011, after Dr. Gladys hugged her and confessed: “We can’t do anything else for her. Cande dies tonight.”

A few hours after invoking John Paul I, the girl began to evolve favorably. Doctors and nurses could not credit what was happening.

Candela led a normal life until she was 10 years old, which was when she fell ill. It started with a headache. His mother thought it was because he needed glasses. He took her to the pediatrician and ophthalmologist, but no one knew what she had, because the only symptom was a headache. Within a week, Cande began to deteriorate, until she had vomiting and a fever. She was admitted to intensive care on March 27, 2011

In a few hours he was in a coma, with a respirator and began his route through Buenos Aires without an accurate diagnosis. Today that girl is 21 years old and is in good health.

The death of Luciani, elected on August 26, 1978 as Pope number 263, was always surrounded by various hypotheses, until recently official documents confirmed his death due to a heart attack on September 28 of the same year. If a second miracle is verified, the path to holiness of John Paul I can begin.

  • Attack and death with bow and arrow

A man armed with a bow and arrows killed at least five people and wounded several more on the streets of the Norwegian city of Kongsberg and shortly after managed to be arrested, in an act that the police considered a “terrorist” act, although is in full investigation.

“When seeing how the events happened, it is natural to assess that it was a terrorist attack,” a local police official, Oyvind Aas, told reporters.

The police chief added that “the detained man has not been questioned and it is too early to comment on the motives for the attack.”

“The man who committed this act was detained by the police and, as far as we know, there is only one person involved,” he added. The motives for the attack, which occurred in several places in the center of the city of Kongsberg, located in the southeast of the Scandinavian country, remain unknown.

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