Manya Brechear Pashman, "Finding by theologians moves Sheen closer to sainthood" (Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2014):
Theologians charged with advising the Vatican on causes for sainthood have agreed that a reported miracle in 2010 should be attributed to the intercession of Fulton Sheen, the archbishop from Peoria known as one of the world's first televangelists, according to church officials.
The case involved a child born in September 2010, according to a statement by the Peoria Diocese, where Sheen was ordained in 1919.
For more than an hour the child demonstrated no signs of life as medical professionals attempted to revive the baby, the diocese said. The child's family sought the intercession of Sheen and, after 61 minutes, the baby reportedly came back to life.
More than three years later, the child has fully recovered, according to the statement from the diocese.
In March of 2014, a team of Vatican medical experts said they could find no natural explanation for the child's case. It will next be reviewed by the cardinals and bishops who make up the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. Final authentication of the miracle must come from Pope Francis. Read more >>