Q. 1. What kind of miracle does the Catholic Church recognize for the canonization of a saint? Can it be healing, reconciliation, financial blessing or other types of miracles?
A. 1. The type of miracle that the Catholic Church will recognize usually has to be a permanent physical healing that was brought about by Divine intervention that goes beyond all the powers of natural science to explain.
In other words, the miracle...
- Must be permanent.
- Must be a physical healing.
- Must involve Divine intervention.
- Must be beyond all the powers of natural science to explain.
As can be appreciated, a financial windfall, reconciliation between family members, finding a job or other similar events does not meet the strict Catholic Church criteria to be considered a miracle in the canonization process. An example of this strict application of the canonization process is found at Lourdes, France. During the last four decades, only four of the hundreds of "cures" passed the rigid requirements of the Catholic Church.