Late Polish Primate Wyszyński to be beatified - Vatican

Cardinal Wyszyński, called the Primate of the Millennium, was one of the key figures in Poland’s 20th-century history, who defended the country's religious freedom under communism. Eugeniusz Wołoszczuk/PAP

Pope Francis has approved a decree of beatification of late Polish Primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, justified by the miracle of healing that occurred through Wyszyński's intercession, the Vatican's press office announced on Wednesday.

The process of examining the miracle was the second and last phase of the beatification process, which started in 1989. The date and location of the beatification mass will be announced soon.

In January 2019, a commission of doctors at the Vatican congregation approved the miracle documentation. Then the decree was approved by a commission of theologians. The last stage was the recent approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops.

In 1988, a 19-year-old Polish woman suffering from thyroid cancer was not considered curable. When a group of nuns and other people started praying for Cardinal Wyszyński's intercession, the healing occurred immediately and was recognised as permanent.

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, tweeted on Thursday the news means "great joy for Poland's Catholic Church! We are grateful to the Pope for approving the miracle through Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński's intercession."

Cardinal Wyszyński, called the Primate of the Millennium, was one of the key figures in Poland’s 20th-century history, who defended the country's religious freedom under communism.