Archbishop Fulton Sheen miracle recognised by theologians

Catholic media pioneer Archbishop Fulton Sheen is a step closer to being a saint after a miracle attributed to his intercession was recognised.

A theological commission advising the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognised the miraculous recovery of a stillborn baby.

The child’s mother and father had prayed to Archbishop Sheen to heal their son, James Engstrom, after he was born in 2010.

Although the baby showed no pulse for an hour after his birth, his heart started beating again and he escaped serious medical problems.

The congregation’s cardinals and bishops will now review the case.

If they and Pope Francis approve, Archbishop Sheen could then be beatified.

Archbishop Sheen reached millions of television viewers in the United States with his shows in the 1950s and 1960s.

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