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Steps in the acknowledgement of the miracle

The Postulation of the Cause received news of Dr. Nevado’s cure through a letter dated March 15, 1993. It was sent by the agronomist Luis Eugenio Bernardo, one of the faithful of the Opus Dei Prelature, who had suggested to Dr. Nevado that he ask for a cure through the intercession of Blessed Josemaria. With Dr. Nevado’s collaboration, documents were collected and an exhaustive study was made of the case.

Once certainty of the extraordinary nature of the cure was determined, on December 30, 1993, the Postulator of the Cause handed over the documentation to the Bishop of Badajoz with a request that he begin the required legal process on the miracle.

The diocesan investigation was carried out in the episcopal tribunal of Badajoz from May 12 to July 4, 1994. After the legal documents were sent to Rome, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints initiated a formal study of the material. On April 26, 1996, the Congregation certified that the process had been carried out in full accord with the juridical norms and practices in force (decree of validity).

On July 10, 1997, the board of medical consultants of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints agreed unanimously that the cure of Dr. Nevado from “chronic cancerous radiodermititis in the third, irreversible stage” was “rapid, complete and lasting, and scientifically inexplicable.”

On January 9, 1998, the Theological Consultors of the Congregation were asked to give their opinion on the preternatural character of the cure and on the causal relationship between the invocation of Blessed Josemaria Escriva and the disappearance of the illness. They replied with a unanimous affirmative vote.

On September 21, 2001, the Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops who are members of the Congregation, confirmed the miraculous nature of the cure and its attribution to Blessed Josemaria Escriva.

The reading of the relevant decree on the miracle took place on December 20, 2001, in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

Romana, No. 33, July-December 2001, p. 197-198.