Smiling broadly, the French nun whose claims could be accepted as the miracle that the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II said Friday that she was inexplicably and suddenly "cured" of Parkinson's disease - thanks to him.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre stopped short of declaring her recovery a miracle, saying that was for the church to decide. But she said her life "totally changed" after her symptoms vanished in one night of prayer and mystery in 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI has already waved the usual 5-year waiting period for declaring his predecessor a saint. All he needed was a confirmed miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession.