RECOGNITION OF MIRACLES
Its Process in Lourdes and rome, Part I
Miracles are a sign of God’s presence in the world and his mighty deeds, and veneration of the saints is part and parcel of the Church’s history. From its beginning, the Church has publicly honored its martyrs and, in the course of time, its confessors. However, the veneration of these holy people differs from the glory, honour and praise rendered to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In beatifying and canonizing them, the Church considers miracles that God performs
through their intercession, as a prerequisite. This process occurs in Rome. Similarly, following the apparition of Mother Mary in Lourdes a separate process has arisen there, an ecclesiastically-recognized place of pilgrimage where many miracles have occurred through the intercession of Our Lady. With this article, divided into two parts, the author will present and compare this process with that followed by Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. Second part will appear in the next issue of Iustitia.