The Holy See has launched a judicial enquiry into a possible second medical miracle for an Australian woman allegedly cured of an inoperable lung cancer.
The ABC reports two doctors will examine the case to determine whether it is evidence of a miracle according to the strict criteria set down by Rome for saints, said the vice postulator of her case.
The development follows the presentation to the Pope last month of a dossier carrying letters of support from devotees, as well as evidence that devotion to the Blessed (Mother) Mary exists in 46 countries spread across all the continents.
The case before the Vatican is of an unidentified Australian woman, who carried a small picture of the Blessed (Mother) Mary, with a piece of the nun's habit attached to it, pinned to her clothes day and night.
Sr Mary McKillop's vice postulator, Sr Maria Casey, says in 1993 the woman was told she had weeks to live.
However the woman prayed to Mary MacKillop and 10 months later there was no sign of the cancer.
Sister Casey says this may be the miracle needed for Sr McKillop to become a saint.
"We cannot yet say if this is a miracle, it's a cure that's under investigation," she said.
"But the fact that this is under investigation is very exciting and this means that it's a step forward in the process towards canonisation."
Church investigating if cancer cure was a miracle (ABC News, 31/5/08)
Second MacKillop miracle inquiry (Sydney Morning Herald, 31/5/08)
Mary MacKillop (Sisters of St Joseph)