Monday, November 23, 2015

Baby's Inoperable Tumor Shrinks After Pope Francis Kisses Her Head

Joey and Kristen Masciantonio, a young married coupled joined the massive crowds in Philadelpha in September in order to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Holy Father Pope Francis as his motorcade passed by during the Papal Visit to the USA.

They brought along with them their precious baby girl named Gianna. She was named after a saint who died in 1962 and whose living daughter was present and met the baby girl. With the massive crowds, Joey and Kristen were not expecting to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis moreless what was about to happen as they stood there.

Inspector General of the Corpo della Gendarmeria, Domenico Giani who is often seen next to the pope protecting him approached them and took baby Gianna to the pope.  The pope kissed the baby girl on the back of her head while in the popemobile. I emphasize the location because baby Gianna had a brain tumor in that area around the brain stem and medulla.  This tumor was declared inoperable by medical professionals and other treatment options were not possible because Giannna's own blood cells attacked her brain stems.

Well, after two months, MRI scans show that the tumor shrinked and virtually disappeared.  Baby Gianna is recovering and doing much better.  Doctors and others are baffled at the occurence and describe the event as a miracle from God performed via Pope Francis as he kissed baby Gianna's head.  Hopefully this will show non-believers that miracles do happen, as well as Protestants and even those catholics in the Catholic Church that Pope Francis is not an anti-pope, anti-Christ or heretic.

Let us continue to pray for baby Gianna who will have a long life ahead of her.  God is good!  God bless Pope Francis and St. Gianna.



  1. Amen to Gianna's continued health - and a spread of common sense.

    I will not commit to deciding that this happy event is a miracle, based on news reports. *However* it does appear, based on what has been reported, that a miracle occurred.

    Although the words "miracle" and "miraculous" are occasionally misapplied; I have been around too long, and know too much, to assume that miracles are imaginary.

    1. Imaginary? Tumors do not just disappear whenever they feel like it. By nature, they are mutations and continue to grow. This is their programming. A miracle by definition is a suspension of the natural norms creating a situation that is supernatural. This is what occurred in baby Gianna's case. Miracles happen all the time. Visit Lourdes and see the blind regain sight, the deaf their hearing, immobile people their mobility. The term 'imaginary' is an appeal to ignorance fallacy.

    2. Perhaps I should have been more specific. Reduction in the size of Gianna's tumor after being kissed by Pope Francis appears, based on news accounts, to be a miracle in the Catholic sense of the term:

      "A sign or wonder, such as a healing or the control of nature, which can only be attributed to divine power. The miracles of Jesus were messianic signs of the presence of God’s kingdom." as defined in my English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Glossary."

      I realize that miracles have occurred in the two millennia since our Lord was here: and continue to occur. Although Lourdes is a high-profile site associated with miracles, miraculous events are clearly not limited to that location.

      I also am deliberately cautious about making a sweeping "I believe in miracles" statement. In today's American culture, that phrase, although true, is at least somewhat likely to evoke memories of lyrics performed by the Jackson Sisters, the Ramones, George W. Meyer, and Hot Chocolate.

      I have nothing against any of those performers, and have enjoyed at least some of their songs. But the lyrics are not, I think, an expression of the idea I have in mind when I say "I believe in miracles."

      Others might associate the unqualified phrase "I believe in miracles" with advertising for "miraculous" night lights and toys. I am not, sadly, making that up: although I have not seen that sort of advertising for years. The consumer products in question had religious art incorporated in their design: quite nice, as such items go, but no more "miraculous" than the medium we are currently using.

      I do not wish to belittle *real* miracles: which certainly do happen.

      But I also do not wish to perpetuate by my actions or statements the pervasive notion that Christians in general and Catholics in particular are credulous and 'simple' in our beliefs.

      In short, baby Gianna's case appears, based on news reports, to be consistent with recognized miraculous healings. Whether her case has been examined and confirmed by the Church - - - That, I do not know. Perhaps it will be.

      Whatever happens: I am very happy for baby Gianna and her family.

    3. I understand what you mean. However, as a graduate of the sciences I tend to resort to the law of parsimony which posits that if no other explanation addresses a question, we must go with the simplest one. Since medical professionals have not found a scientific explanation, then we must assume it was supernatural.


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