Jean-Luc Boujon 06:44, May 22, 2022

Pauline Jaricot's beatification mass will take place this Sunday in Lyon in the presence of 10,000 people from all over the world.

Pauline Jaricot, who lived in the 19th century in Lyon, is considered the "Mother Teresa" of the time.

This beatification was made possible by a "miracle" that occurred in Lyon in 2012: a three-year-old girl came back to life after a series of prayers to Pauline Jaricot.

In Lyon, the beatification mass of Pauline Jaricot is being prepared.

This Sunday afternoon, 10,000 people from all over the world are expected.

Pauline Jaricot, who lived in the 19th century in Lyon, is considered the "Mother Teresa" of the time, a pioneer of social Catholicism and defender in particular of the canuts, these Lyon silk workers who revolted at the time against their miserable working conditions. 

What made this beatification possible was a "miracle" that occurred in Lyon in 2012: a three-year-old girl, in a coma after having suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest, came back to life after a series of prayers to Pauline Jaricot.

The miracle was recognized by Pope Francis in 2020.

“The certainty is that the patient dies”

It is while eating a small sausage during a meal that little Mayline chokes.

Despite the intervention of the emergency services, her condition deteriorated rapidly and she fell into a deep coma.

The doctors then judge his condition to be hopeless.

"The brain is very degraded. There are no more brain waves and in this pattern, the certainty is that the patient dies. There is no possible favorable outcome. The doctors called us for us say that Mayline was going to die in the next few days", testifies her dad Emmanuel Tran on Europe 1.

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A friend then offers them to say a novena, a series of prayers nine days in a row for Pauline Jaricot to save Mayline.

A few days later, the little girl comes back to life.

"We are amazed, we do not understand what is happening", continues her dad at the microphone of Europe 1. "Because, very quickly, Mayline has a gleam in her eyes that she did not have until then. She starts having really amazing muscle behavior. And the doctors find that very weird."

A healing that looks like a miracle

An unexplained healing that is similar to a miracle, explains Emmanuel Tran.

: "At least five out of seven doctors must consider that recovery is unscientific. And from the moment that no one has an explanation, it becomes a miracle."

However, it took six years of instruction by the Church before Pope Francis recognized the miracle in 2020. Today, Mayline is a healthy 13-year-old girl.

She will obviously be present this afternoon for the beatification mass of Pauline Jaricot.

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