French nun says Pope John Paul gave her ‘second birth’
(Photo: Sister Marie Simon-Pierre poses in front of a picture of former pope John Paul II after a news conference in Aix en Provence, January 17, 2011/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
The French Catholic nun who credits the late Pope John Paul with curing her of Parkinsonâ€™s disease said on Monday her sudden recovery came just as she was about to quit working because of her ailment.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, 49, said she woke up in June 2005, two months after the Polish-born pope had died, suddenly cured of the disease she had suffered from for four years.
â€śWhen I woke up, I felt I was not the same,â€ť Sister Marie told a news conference at the bishopâ€™s office in this southern French city. â€śThere was no more heaviness in my muscles, I could move normally. For me it was a new birth, a second birth.â€ť
Her superior said the nun had told her the previous evening that she could no longer work in their orderâ€™s maternity clinic because of her worsening health. â€śI asked her to take a pencil and write John Paulâ€™s name,â€ť Mother Marie Thomas told journalists. â€śI saw the writing was very messy and illegible. I said to myself there was nothing left to do but hope.â€ť
John Paulâ€™s successor, Pope Benedict, approved a decree last Friday declaring her healing a miracle and attributing it to the late pontiff, clearing the way for him to be beatified on May 1.
Read the full story here by Jean-FranĂ§ois Rosnoblet or his original report in French Soeur Marie Simon-Pierre raconte sa “seconde naissance.”