French Nun In Pope John Paul's Beatification Case Speaks Of 'Cure'

Aix-en-Provence, France (AP) -- A French nun says her inexplicable cure from Parkinson's disease has so completely changed her life it's like being born a second time.

In a case that could prompt the Roman Catholic Church to elevate Pope John Paul to the last step before sainthood, Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre stopped short of declaring her recovery a miracle. She says that's for the church to decide.

The 46-year-old, speaking in a clear, poised voice, said she was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001, with steadily worsening symptoms. She says her cure came exactly two months after John Paul's death. He also suffered from Parkinson's.

The nun says she no longer takes medicine.

The Vatican's saint-making process requires that John Paul's life and writings be studied for its virtues. The Vatican also requires that a miracle attributed to his intercession be confirmed.

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