A Miraculously Cured Doctor Attends Canonization

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 6, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Among the pilgrims at the canonization of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was the doctor whose inexplicable cure opened the doors for the Opus Dei founder to be declared a saint.



Dr. Manuel Nevado Rey recalled how an incurable disease in his hands disappeared the moment he placed himself under Blessed Escrivá's intercession in 1992.

At today's canonization, the doctor said: "I am unimaginably happy. Four children and three grandchildren have come with me and my wife. I am overwhelmed when I think that at 70 years I am here, alive and kicking."

Nevado was stricken with chronic radiodermatitis after having worked for long hours with primitive X-rays during the 1950s and 1960s. He knew his work exposed him to the risk of cancer.

Someone then advised Nevado to pray to God to be cured through the intercession of Blessed Escrivá.

"After about two weeks, all the damage caused by the disease disappeared and my hands were perfectly healed," he explained in 1993.