The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke said that there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. However, Pope John Paul II’s intercession caused a miraculous cure for a French nun who suffered from the same disease as the Pope’s.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was just 40 in 2001, and Pope John Paul II was already visibly shaking from the disease.
John Paul died in April of 2005, and Sister Marie began praying that he intercede for her disease. So did other nuns in her order, the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Maternity Wards. Then she woke up on June 3 cured. She was totally healed from one day to the next.
The Vatican medical specialists thoroughly investigated the the nun’s condition and determined that it was in fact a miracle. A miraculous cure must be scientifically inexplicable. With one more miracle, John Paul can be canonized as a saint.
Sister Marie said that she felt reborn when she woke up two months after John Paul died, cured of the disease that had made walking, writing and driving a car nearly impossible. She said that he was and continues to be an inspiration to her because of his defense of the unborn and because they both suffered from Parkinson’s. She said, “John Paul hasn’t left me. He won’t leave me until the end of my life.”
“John Paul II did everything he could for life, to defend life,” she said. “He was very close to the smallest and weakest. How many times did we see him approach a handicapped person, a sick person?”
Because of this miracle, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011, the fastest process in history after death. Pope John Paul II died on April, 2, 2005.