A woman whose “miraculous” recovery from an inoperable brain aneurysm paved the way for the late Pope John Paul II to be declared a saint at a ceremony at the Vatican has described how the Polish pontiff appeared to her in a vision.
Three years ago, Mrs Mora was told by doctors in her home country that her condition was hopeless and that her death was only a matter of time.
Partially paralysed, she was on pain medication and lying in bed at home on May 1, 2011, clutching a magazine with a front cover photograph of the former Polish pontiff, when he purportedly appeared before her in a vision.
“Floribeth, get up, what are you doing here? Why don’t you go into the kitchen and see your husband?” the vision said to her.
The late Pope’s hands seemed to reach out towards her from the cover of the magazine, she said.
“And I responded, now I feel fine, I’m going, I’m going,” the 50-year-old mother-of-four told Il Messagero, an Italian daily, on Wednesday.
She insisted that from that day on, she was completely cured. “I felt a great sense of wellness inside me.”
Even her neurosurgeon seems to be convinced. “If I cannot explain it from a medical standpoint, something non-medical happened,” said Alejandro Vargas Roman. “I can believe it was a miracle.”
It was not long before the Vatican contacted her in what was the start of a long process in which the purported miracle was scrutinised by the experts of the Holy See. Mrs Mora was flown to a Church-run hospital in Rome, where she was registered under a false name while doctors conducted tests which showed that she was completely healthy.
Since her recovery, she has become the towns sensation, faithful and people suffering from illnesses flocking to her home in a middle-class neighbourhood in the town of Dulce Nombre de Cartago, 12 miles outside the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose.
Her cure, which the Vatican insists cannot be explained by science, was declared a miracle last July by Pope Francis, in a move which gave the final approval for John Paul II to be canonised.
All glory to God! Saint Pope John Paul II, pray for us!