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Beatification of Pope John Paul II

2011-05-02

Queen’s University School of Medicine Professor Jacalyn Duffin is available to discuss Pope John Paul II’s beatification slated to take place May 1 at the Vatican.

“The dossier of John Paul II has been fast tracked. Earlier in the 20th century, you had to wait 50 years after the death of a candidate. When John Paul II was pope, he reduced the wait time to five years, mostly to help the aspirations of people in developing nations. Now, his own cause benefits from the change as it answers to popular demand,” says Dr. Duffin.

Dr. Duffin is a medical doctor and the author of Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints and Healing in the Modern World, an Oxford University Press book which reviews 1,400 miracles used in canonizations from 1588 to 1999. Dr. Duffin was secretly hired by the Vatican to study the medical miracles of Canada's first saint (Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, founder of the Grey Nuns) during her canonization process.

Please note Dr. Duffin will be in Philadelphia from April 27 to May 4 but will be available during that time for phone interviews.

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