12 Jan 2010

Woman has no doubt cure was 'miracle'

9:04 am on 12 January 2010

The Australian woman said to have been miraculously cured of inoperable cancer after praying to the nun Mary MacKillop has been identified for the first time and has spoken of her experience.

Late last month the Vatican cleared the way for Mary MacKillop to become Australia's first saint by endorsing her second miracle, the ABC reports.

Kathleen Evans, from Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, was diagnosed with cancers in her lungs and brain and given only a few months to live.

Ms Evans says after being diagnosed she wore a picture of Mary MacKillop, with a piece of the nun's clothing attached, and prayed to her constantly, as did her family.

She says she was shocked when scans done 10 months later found the cancer was gone, and has no doubt her recovery was a miracle.

Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), who founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is revered by Catholics for her work, especially with needy children, former female prisoners and prostitutes.