The case was undertaken by the board that advises the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as part of the process to canonize the Peoria native.
Believers say the baby’s parents and loved ones prayed for the intercession of Sheen after the child showed no signs of life. The baby made a full recovery an hour later. The child is now three years old and in good health.
Next the board of theologians reviews the case. If approved, it heads to the cardinals and bishops who advise the pope on matters of sainthood.
The late Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen was born in El Paso in 1895, but grew up in Peoria. He later became a well-known radio and tv personality. Bishop Daniel Jenky opened the case for the canonization of Sheen more than ten years ago.