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Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal haemorrhage at the intercession of St John Henry Newman has described his canonisation as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes”.

Melissa Villalobos attended the ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday 13th October with her husband and their seven children, and together they carried the offertory gifts to Pope Francis, who blessed her youngest sons, John Henry and Blaise. The pope also met Gemma, five, who as an unborn baby was saved when heavy bleeding from a torn placenta came to a sudden halt after her mother prayed to the English cardinal for help.

“It is difficult to express in mere words the immense joy and gratitude I feel in my heart to have had my entire family in Rome, including Gemma, for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman,” Villalobos told Catholic News Service.

“If not for him, we could not all be there,” she said. “During the canonisation Mass, I held Gemma’s little hand and kept giving thanks for her life.

“It has been the experience of a thousand lifetimes attending the beautiful events surrounding the canonisation and, of course, attending the canonisation itself is a blessing beyond words.”

Picture: Melissa Villalobos at the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome on 12th October 2019. The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal haemorrhage at the intercession of St John Henry Newman has described his canonisation as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes”. (CNS/Simon Caldwell).