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placeholder April 25, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre
CNS photo/Jean-Paul Pelissier, Reuters
French nun healed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, a French nun of the Little Sisters of the Catholic Motherhood who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believes she was cured in 2005 through the intercession of Pope John Paul, will share her story with pilgrims at a prayer vigil April 30 in Rome, the night before the beatification Mass.

It was her healing that was accepted as the miracle needed for Pope John Paul II’s beatification.

After the prayer vigil at Rome’s Circus Maximus, eight churches located between the vigil site and the Vatican will remain open all night for pilgrims to pray, said Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome.

The grotto under St. Peter’s Basilica would be closed to the public April 29 and 30 as Vatican workmen prepare to move Pope John Paul’s casket from its grotto burial site to the chapel of St. Sebastian on the main floor.

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