Francis kissed one-year-old Gianna Masciantoni during his visit to Philadelphia in September, CBS Philadelphia has reported.
[Ed: See photo opposite of moment Pope kissed baby’s head)
A comparison of Gianna’s MRI scans from August and November appears to show a noticeable difference.
Kristen Masciantonio, Gianna’s mother, told the TV station’s Eyewitness News programme: “She is getting better and stronger. She’s blowing kisses. She’s starting to point at things.”
CBS Philadelphia also reported that the baby girl’s parents Kristen and Joey believe the fact that Gianna has a brother called Dominic and that the name of the Pope’s bodyguard who hoisted the child up to the Pontiff is Domenico Giani is an example of divine intervention.
Joey Masciantonio said: “I think this is all from God. I believe the Pope is a messenger from God.”
Is this stretching the Catholic definition of a miracle somewhat? Since there are a number of these claims around, portraying Pope Francis as a miracle worker, perhaps it’s time to reflect on the difference between a possible “remission” and a “miracle”…