The disappearance of a half-inch-long kidney stone in the uterer of an Indian priest may be the second miracle required for Mother Teresa to become a saint. On the 10th anniversary of her death last month, the priest, who was scheduled for surgery to remove the stone the next day, celebrated mass and asked parishioners to pray to her on his behalf. The next day, x-rays revealed the stone had vanished.
While the church's early saints tended to be martyrs, the modern requirement—along with establishment of "heroic virtue"—is at least two posthumous miracles. And while the disappearance of a kidney stone may seem relatively mundane, it has worked for at least one other saint—St. Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao. A local archbishop told Asianews the priest's recovery “is above and beyond scientific and human explanation.”