Catholic Church ‘thriving on mumbo jumbo’

Pope Francis, right, embraces his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Pope Francis, right, embraces his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

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A leading humanist in Northern Ireland has accused the Catholic Church of “thriving on superstition and mumbo jumbo” after it endorsed the belief that two former popes who have been made saints performed miracles.

John XXIII, who was a modernising pope between 1958 and 1963, was said to have cured a dying nun in 1966.

John Paul II, who was pontiff from 1978 to 2005, was said to have healed a French nun of Parkinson’s disease and to have been behind the “inexplicable recovery” of a Costa Rican woman from a serious brain illness.

 

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