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BY John Lilly
Vatican to Investigate Scottish ‘Miracle’
THE UNIVERSE, July 12 —
Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Glasgow has asked the Vatican
to investigate claims that a dying baby was healed after coming into contact
with a relic of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair, the British news service
The unnamed child
weighed just 1 pound when it was born and doctors warned its parents there was
little chance of it surviving. However, the parents asked permission to open an
incubator in which their baby was kept to place the relic of the former Edinburgh factory worker
next to it. Within days, the child astounded doctors by making a miraculous
recovery and is now four months and “doing well.”
Speaking as he left
for his annual pilgrimage to Lourdes,
Cardinal O’Brien said the news was wonderful.
“Pope John Paul II
told me when we were discussing the cause of Margaret Sinclair to ask the
people to pray for a miracle and this has been happening,” he said. “Although
it is exciting news we must tread cautiously, there is a lot of research and
investigation to take place by the Church authorities before any miracle claim
can be declared genuine.”
Pope Benedict to Visit His
Homeland in September
REUTERS, July 12 — Pope Benedict will return to Germany
in September for a six-day pastoral visit, Reuters reported.
pope will visit his home state of Bavaria
Sept. 9-14 and make stops in Munich, where he was archbishop before going to work in
the Vatican in 1981, and his
birthplace Marktl am Inn.
He will also visit Regensburg, where he once
taught theology, Freising and the pilgrimage town of Altoetting.
The Holy Father
visited Cologne in Germany last summer for World Youth
Day but that trip had been planned by his predecessor, John Paul II. The
September trip home will be the fourth foreign trip of his papacy.
Vatican Announces Positive Financial News
ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 12 — The head of the Vatican’s office for economic affairs said the Vatican
posted a surplus of $12.4 million in 2005, its best financial showing in eight
years, reported the Associated Press.
Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani hailed “the good news” as he presented the Holy See’s annual financial statement. For years the Vatican has
been struggling to contain costs, with much of its spending going for labor
costs and its expanding diplomatic missions around the world. In 2004, the Vatican netted
$3.8 million after four years in the red.
Cardinal Sebastiani disclosed that the costs of the transition
period following the death of Pope John Paul in April 2005 and the election of
Pope Benedict XVI amounted to $8.9 million. But much of that was covered by the
huge influx into the Vatican museums when millions of pilgrims came to Rome for the ceremonies, Vatican
The Vatican also confirmed that both Catholic
dioceses and individuals in the United
States remain the No. 1 donor to the Holy
See, providing a third of Peter’s Pence, as donations
to the Pope are known. Next come Italy