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April 23: All roads lead to Rome
— busy beyond telling

April 24: All roads
lead to Rome
— Il Papa viene

April 25: All roads
lead to Rome
— everybody's here

April 26: All roads
lead to Rome
— a Costarrican celebration

April 27: All roads
lead to Rome
— rejoicing with the saints!

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, left, with Father Alexander Castillo, with the Costa Rican flag on his stole.
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Rev. Alexander Q. Castillo

April 26, 2014
All roads lead to Rome
— a Costarrican celebration

I do not know if everybody is aware that the approved miracle for the canonization of John Paul II occurred in my home country, Costa Rica. That is a big deal for us.

Floribeth Mora was diagnosed with an incurable brain aneurysm. Most likely, she was dying. The night of the beatification of Pope John Paul II her family went to the huge Vigil Mass organized at the National Stadium in Costa Rica. They told her they would pray for her and asked her also to pray to the Lord through the intercession of Pope John Paul II. Miraculously, Mora was cured. The very next day her health improved and the medical exams showed no trace of the aneurysm.

I met Mora on April 26. She is a very humble woman, avoiding any false publicity. She is here with hundreds of Costarricans and she will present tomorrow the relics of John Paul II to Pope Francis during the canonization Mass.

I met her along with his family this morning, during a special Thanksgiving Mass offered at St. Anne’s Parish in the Vatican. The Mass was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, vicar of the pope for Vatican City and prefect of the St. Peter Basilica. Cardinal Comastri is a truly holy priest. His homily, focused in the family, was just beautiful. He evoked the role of the family in the lives of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, to remind us of the importance of our own families as the first place to meet the Lord. He encouraged all parents to lead their children in prayer. To show them the face of God and to teach them Christian values.

After Mass, we got ready for the big celebration tomorrow.

(Father Castillo is secretary of the bishop and episcopal master of ceremonies for the Diocese of Oakland. He is in Rome for the canonizations of the two popes.)

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