10 year old Italian girl Chiara Zoccante suffered from a pituitary tumor when she attended visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo’s apparition on January 2nd 2006. Afterwards Mirjana told Chiara’s parents that the Virgin Mary had put her hands on their girl. One month later doctors discovered that the tumor was gone.
Patrizia and Mariano, the parents of Chiara Zoccante who was healed from a pituitary tumor during an apparition in Medjugorje in January 2006
The cure must be immediate, permanent and unexplainable by medical treatments. When The Catholic Church investigates claims of miraculous healings, these three criteria must be met before a cure can be declared a miracle.
And so, when the medical experts assigned by the Vatican Commission charged with investigating the events in Medjugorje sift through the more than 400 case files of claimed healings, they might set aside the case of the Italian girl Chiara Zoccante, now in her seventh year of good health.
At age 10 Chiara was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. She was first hospitalized on June 24th 2005, on the 24th anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje.
“By chance, at the hospital we met a friend who told us about the apparitions. We promised to take Chiara to Medjugorje as soon as she felt good enough physically. And we kept our word”, Chiara’s parents, Patrizia and Mariano Zoccante, told the weekly Italian magazine Oggi in June this year.
“We kept our word. On December 31th 2005 we arrived in the town of Virgin. We were excited by the grace of the place where everyone invited us to pray. Meeting with Father Jozo (Medjugorje’s parish priest by the time of the first apparition) was as a balm, but the most touching moment was the meeting with Mirjana during her monthly apparition”.
“On January 2nd 2006, Chiara was taken near the visionary. After the apparition Mirjana told us that the Virgin had put her hands on Chiara.”
“Exactly one month later, on February 2nd 2006, we went to the hospital for a routine MRI. The cancer had completely disappeared. And not only that: her hair also came back though the doctors told us that Chiara would remain bald, as a consequence of chemotherapy.”, Chiara Zoccante’s parents told Oggi.
Though Chiara’s story is only now breaking in English, it has been known for a while in Italy. On April 18th 2010 she testified before about 20,000 people gathered for a Medjugorje prayer meeting in Milan.