Roxana is a courageous mother who never separated herself from the cross of her daughter Candela,” says Fr. José Dabusti. It was Fr. Dabusti who suggested that Roxana Giarda, Candela’s mother, invoke Pope John Paul I to intercede for the health of her daughter on July 22, 2011—the night when the doctors told the family that the girl wasn’t going to make it through the night.
The miraculous healing of Candela, who suffered from a severe form of encephalopathy, will allow Pope Albino Luciani (John Paul I) to be beatified. The decree was recently authorized by Pope Francis.
Fr. Dabusti, who is currently 56 years old, has been a priest for 30 years and is now the parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in the neighborhood of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He shared with Aleteia details of the miracle and his devotion for John Paul I.
He says that he chose the “smiling pope” to intercede for Candela’s health because since he was 13 years old he has carried “in his memory and in his heart the figure, the person and the testimony of joy” of the pope who was on the Throne of Peter for only 33 days.
José Dabusti, as a teenager in 1978, was impressed when Albino Luciani was elected pope. From the beginning, he admired “his deep humility and the simplicity he showed in his priesthood and in his person.”
Read more at Aleteia