Arminda dos Campos had been ill for nine years and had undergone seven major operations. She had a greatly distended abdomen, total paralysis and an opening in her side cut by a surgeon's scalpel to drain purulent matter. I was standing directly in front of her at the moment of her cure and saw the blankets flatten on her body, saw her sit up, and within two hours I saw the scars which had instantaneously formed in the place of the incisions.
This cure also took place immediately after the young woman was blessed by the Holy Eucharist.
"As I stood near the side of the table opposite the Bishop, the cured girl was introduced by one of the nurses. The Bishop of Fatima listened patiently. "Then I heard the nurse saying: 'Show the Bishop the scars where the fistulas were.'
"After staring at the healed tissue... I saw the face of the nurse. Tears were streaming down her cheeks. With an open-arm gesture and trembling hands, suddenly she exclaimed: 'And Your Excellency, to think that this morning I put bandages there on large running openings!'
"It was only in the final moment... looking into the tear-stained face of that nurse... that the miracle made its full impact. In that moment I believed with all my heart that we in that room were experiencing the same wonder experienced when Christ healed the nine lepers, or when the blind man shouted out that he could suddenly see. We were... seeing it with our own eyes–not two thousand years ago, but now. We were objectively experiencing the reality of the Eucharist, the reality of Christ among us."
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