Miraculous
Cure

Of Sister María Querubina Pirro

The Supreme Pontiff authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decree regarding the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God María Lorenza Longo, Founder of the Capuchin Nuns.

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On October 27, 2020, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Excellency Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decree regarding the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Lorenza Requenses en Longo, Founder of the Hospital of the Incurables of Naples and of the Capuchin Nuns (born around 1463 in Lleida, Spain, and deceased in Naples, Italy, on December 21, 1539).

For the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God María Lorenza Longo, the Postulation of the Cause presented the supposed miraculous cure, attributed to her intercession, from "chronic pleuropulmonary tuberculosis with aphysiogenic evolution and extrapulmonary location" to the examination of the Congregation. The event took place in 1881 in Naples (Italy).

Sister Maria Querubina Pirro, a professed religious at the Monastery of S. Maria in Jerusalem, known as "of the 33 Capuchins" in Naples, in June 1876 had intermittent fever. Incipient phthisis was diagnosed with a lesion of the left-wing of the lung. The situation progressively worsened, despite the therapies in use at the time. Five years after the onset of the disease, the treating physician made a short-term prognosis.

 

Contrary to expectations, on October 15, 1881, Sister Maria Querubina got out of bed and joined the choir without help. The cure was attributed to the Venerable Servant of God. The initiative of the invocation was from the Abbess of the Monastery of St. Maria in Jerusalem who, from August 31 to September 8, 1881, wanted a Novena to be recited to the Virgin and to the Foundress, in the monastic community, for the healing of Sister Maria Querubina. 

On September 9, 1881, the relic of the Venerable Servant of God, which is the skull that was kept in the Monastery, was applied to the nun: the nun felt a heat that made her feel better. The prayer, made with faith by several people and with the application of the relic, was unequivocal and preceded the sudden favorable change in the clinical course. There is a causal link between the invocation of the Venerable Servant of God and the healing of the nun.

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Relic of Mother María Lorenza Longo