Vatican City, Oct 3, 2019 / 04:27 am
The Vatican announced Thursday approval of a miracle attributed to Venerable Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, the former primate of Poland known for his heroic resistance to Communism.
The miracle involved the healing of a 19 year-old woman from thyroid cancer in 1989. After the young woman received the incurable diagnosis, a group of Polish nuns began praying for her healing through the intercession of Cardinal Wyszynski, who had died himself of abdominal cancer in 1981.
In the 30 years since her complete healing through Wyszynski’s intercession, the woman has experienced no tumor remission, a spokesperson for the Polish Bishops’ Conference told CNA.
With the Vatican approval of the miracle, Venerable Cardinal Wyszynski can now be beatified.
“Great joy for the Church in Poland!” Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznan reacted to the news Oct. 3. “We are glad that the beatification of the Primate of the Millennium will be soon.”
Cardinal Wyszynski is credited with helping to conserve Christianity in Poland during the Communist regime’s persecution 1945-1989.
As Archbishop of Warsaw and Gniezno from 1948 to 1981, Wyszynksi was placed under house arrest by Communist authorities for three years for refusing to punish priests active in the Polish resistance against the Communist regime.
“The fear of an apostle is the first ally of his enemies,” Wyszynski wrote in his notes while under arrest. “The lack of courage is the beginning of defeat for a bishop,” he wrote.