COMMENTARY: Pope Francis June 19 approved a miracle attributed to intervention of the Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez (1864-1919), paving the way for his beatification.Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino
“Venezuela is celebrating,” as Cardinal Baltazar Porras, apostolic administrator of Caracas, Venezuela, expressed it as he announced the approval by Rome of the miracle presented for the beatification of Dr. José Gregorio Hernandez, from Caracas.
A great joy is felt by Venezuelan Catholics, a great number of Venezuelan non-Catholics and the universal Church, as well, since Pope Francis approved on June 19, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a miracle attributed to the intercession of our beloved José Gregorio Hernandez.
The miracle involved a 9-year-old girl in the plains of southern Venezuela, who suffered a shotgun wound to the side of her head at close range. It took her father time and trouble to get her to a provincial hospital, where it was doubted she would survive and certainly would be severely disabled. Within 10 days she was walking and talking normally, apparently due to the intervention of José Gregorio Hernandez.
This decree indicates that through his divine intervention, our Lord God has confirmed the extraordinary virtues and human and Christian magnitude of this great Venezuelan doctor, who died in 1919, and has opened the doors to his beatification. All the requisites have been fulfilled. Thanks be to God!
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