Peruvian president calls bin Laden killing miracle from Pope John Paul II
Peruvian President Alan Garcia in Colombia in March 2011
May 2nd, 2011
06:39 PM ET

Peruvian president calls bin Laden killing miracle from Pope John Paul II

(CNN) - While many world leaders praised the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden, the president of Peru went a step further on Monday, calling the development the first miracle of Pope John Paul II since he was beatified last weekend.

“I have said that his first miracle has been to remove from the Earth this demonic incarnation of crime, evil and hatred,” Peruvian president Alan Garcia said, according to CNN affiliate America TV in Peru.

“And I think that’s great news that should please Mr. Obama,” Garcia went on, referring to the U.S. president. “In some way, it also vindicates (former) President George W. Bush who made the decision to punish bin Laden and to patiently continue this work that is finally bearing fruit.”

Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2005, was beatified in Rome on Sunday, hours before Obama announced that bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan by U.S. Special Forces.

Beatification is the last step before sainthood and requires someone to have performed one miracle after his or her death. Sainthood requires the church to confirm a second miracle.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Americas • Catholic Church • Osama bin Laden • Peru • Pope John Paul II

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Really?

    Um...what? Unless Pope John Paul II had faked his death and had been in Seal Team Six the whole time, I would agree? However, since he supported pedophilia priests or whatever, he's no saint, he's no god, and he's no bunny.

    May 24, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  2. prestyn676

    has he gone crazy no its not from pope john paul the 2nd!!

    May 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  3. carl schmidt

    Are You Kidding !!! This guy is as crazy as all the nut jobs making JP II a saint. He was not only the best player in hide the pedophile in the church, he over looked the largest loss of followers ever. And just to show us how smart the church is they make a card carrying Nazi the pope. It's time to stop this madness called religion before it kills us all.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  4. Dorothy

    This has to be a joke, right? God said, "My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge"...alot of "lack of knowledge" on the posts here. Alot of catholics don't even know anything about what the catholic church is or its origins. The last time I looked there's not one single "pope" in the Bible. The Bible says,"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that procedeth out of the mouth of God". not out of the mouth of a "pope"....lol

    May 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  5. Numa Armacanqui

    This imbecile is the same responsible for the genocide in the 1980-1985's Peruvian Andes. More than 79,000 people were killed–3 of each 4 of them were Andean peasants. This individual is the same who have looted Peru in his two administrations.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  6. donnylove


    May 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • me

      that sounds more like an interpretation if you ask me, something protestants should delve much into... do ur history...here ill help u, martin luther, john calvin n john locke

      May 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  7. donnylove

    the pope is not christ on earth, mary is not to be worship,....please read your bible, and your eyes will be open...only one can save u, that is , jesus the lamb of god

    May 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Reda

    Pope John Paul saved me and husband from a near fatal motor vehicle accident. He lived a holy life. He was humble. He spread the Christian Faith. He was made a BLESSED because of his holy life. Whoever finds fault with Pope John Paul 2 knows not of his life.

    May 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • donnylove


      May 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • el condor

      What a load of crap!

      May 10, 2011 at 9:00 am |
  9. Justin

    John Paul II maybe helped get us to him, but not kill him. thats not the works.

    May 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  10. PraiseTheLard

    And this guy is the President of a country? Doesn't sound as if the educational system there is having any effect...

    May 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  11. JEN


    May 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  12. MIllie Bea

    I am sorry- but I don't think that the path to sainthood should have a speed lane.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Catherine


      May 8, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Lisa

      A saint is a soul that has been saved. So (by the teachings of the Catholic Church), a person does not have to be officially canonized in order to be a saint. Canonization is just a recognition of that fact on earth. I point this out because even if JPII has been beatified sooner and may be canonized sooner than people in the past, it doesn't mean that he actually becomes a saint sooner, or gets any sort of "preferential treatment" from God. I think it's unfair to call it a "speed lane," because it really has no impact on that person's soul.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    There is not a reason to insult any religion. If it is true that the Catholic chuch has allowed serious abuses to occur. it is also true that they opened many schools and performed many acts of charity. Religion, at the present has its values, despite the many errors and even crimes committed in the name of one God or the other.
    During the Crusades the killings performed by the Christians were un excusable. Then, in the many wars in whch Christians have participated the killings have been fenomenal and the number of people that Christians have killed, by far are larger than other religions.
    We have to be careful when using words such as Assassination that in the dictionary is translated as " the murder of a political important perosn" . It clerly used the word MURDER Such word has been used regarding the killing of Bin laden, with the excuse that because, it is true that he was instrumental in the brutal and inhumane killing of inocent people at the TOWERS, however we must not act in the same way or use the same words that such criminal terrorist use, or we should not act similar as they acted, if we don't want to be looked as wild uncivilized people as they are. We have laws and rules of engagement that must be respected..

    May 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Catherine

      ALEJANDRO ARCE: “During the Crusades the killings performed by the Christians were un excusable. Then, in the many wars in whch Christians have participated the killings have been fenomenal and the number of people that Christians have killed, by far are larger than other religions.”

      Alejandro, since you choose to speak with certainty and authority on statics, the Crusades, you should at least get your facts straight from a reliable source … Hope this helps you and others who know nothing about the Crusades. We hardly hear about the Massacre of the Latins occurred in Constantinople the capital of the Byzantine Empire, in 1182
      This is the reason for the crusades…

      In a.d. 632, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica were all Christian territories. Inside the boundaries of the Roman Empire, which was still fully functional in the eastern Mediterranean, orthodox Christianity was the official, and overwhelmingly majority, religion. Outside those boundaries were other large Christian communities — not necessarily orthodox and Catholic, but still Christian. Most of the Christian population of Persia, for example, was Nestorian. Certainly there were many Christian communities in Arabia.

      By a.d. 732, a century later, Christians had lost Egypt, Palestine, Syria, North Africa, Spain, most of Asia Minor, and southern France. Italy and her associated islands were under threat, and the islands would come under Muslim rule in the next century. The Christian communities of Arabia were entirely destroyed in or shortly after 633, when Jews and Christians alike were expelled from the peninsula.(6) Those in Persia were under severe pressure. Two-thirds of the formerly Roman Christian world was now ruled by Muslims.

      What had happened? Most people actually know the answer, if pressed — though for some reason they do not usually connect the answer with the crusades.

      The answer is the rise of Islam. Every one of the listed regions was taken, within the space of a hundred years, from Christian control by violence, in the course of military campaigns deliberately designed to expand Muslim territory at the expense of Islam’s neighbours. Nor did this conclude Islam’s program of conquest.

      The attacks continued, punctuated from time to time by Christian attempts to push back. Charlemagne blocked the Muslim advance in far western Europe in about a.d. 800, but Islamic forces simply shifted their focus and began to island-hop across from North Africa toward Italy and the French coast, attacking the Italian mainland by 837. A confused struggle for control of southern and central Italy continued for the rest of the ninth century and into the tenth.

      In the hundred years between 850 and 950, Benedictine monks were driven out of ancient monasteries, the Papal States were overrun, and Muslim pirate bases were established along the coast of northern Italy and southern France, from which attacks on the deep inland were launched. Desperate to protect victimized Christians, popes became involved in the tenth and early eleventh centuries in directing the defence of the territory around them. Read the rest of history…

      Also remember Almost from the very beginning of Islam, there were wars upon wars between Christians and Moslems. We remember the Crusade wars, seven major and several minor, which lasted for centuries. This is the story of the Battle of Lepanto, which marked the end of the Crusades and was a turning point in the history of Christianity.

      ALEJANDRO, Have you heard of this massacre and stats? Read the following:

      The Massacre of the Latins occurred in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, in 1182. It was a large-scale massacre of the "Latin" (Roman Catholic) merchants and their families, who at that time dominated the city's maritime trade and financial sector. Although precise numbers are unavailable, the bulk of the Latin community, estimated at over 60,000 at the time,[1] was wiped out or forced to flee. The Genoese and Pisan communities especially were decimated, and some 4,000 survivors were sold as slaves to the Turks. Read more at: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_the_Latins

      This information in a nutshell should help to educate not only the ignorant but also us Catholics to know the truth and stand up for the TRUTH when confronted with LIES AND VILIFICATION of the Catholic Church and the Crusaders who gave their lives for the preservation of not only the faith but also of civilization.

      Can you imagine the world one big Pakistan or Afghanistan with women covered up head to toe...with leaders like Osama dictating rules from the quran and practicing sharia law?

      May 8, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  14. Che-3

    Oh please this is JOKE and crap as Christians.
    Next they will be telling us years from now that Pope John Paul II is actually Gold that we need to worship. That will be the day that I will denounce my Christianity. This Pope John Paul II couldn't even heal himself. What a stupid joke and shame to Christianity for some idiot to even proclaim this foolishness.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  15. PD Engineer

    A christian, a muslim, and an atheist are walking down the street. All of a sudden God appears before them. He turns to the christian and askes: "What do you wish for more than anything?" The christian responds: "Please take my people to heaven so that we can be close to you for eternity." God nods and *poof* the man is gone. God turns to the muslim and askes "What do you wish for more than anything?" The muslim responds: "Please take my people to heaven so that we can be close to you for eternity." God nods and *poof* the man is gone. God turns to the atheist and askes "What do you wish for more than anything?" The atheist pauses for a long time, pondering his wish. He then turns to God and responds: "How about a coke?" God then askes: "Really? Anything and you want to drink a Coke?" The atheist responds: "Well, the Coke is actually for you, because you have given me everything that I could ever want."

    May 5, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Angela

      I don't get it, :-/
      You mind explaining, lol

      May 14, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  16. SoSad

    Pure church politics, money and politics. Let the Catholic Church decieve their flock with lies, that's how they roll!

    I cannot judge their motives, GOD will.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Che-3

      I concur without a doubt. We are made to worship some white clowns as God.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • me

      such hate, typical protestant

      May 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  17. rivirivi

    How can the head of the most secretive club of pedophiles do any type of miracles?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  18. Lance

    Glad someone else saw the "big picture" of God's continued interaction with man and of the continued special life of Saint John Paul II.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  19. Jon

    My hemorrhoid went away too. Thanks John Paul II.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Che-3

      Have you lost your mind? Thank the Fruit Fly instead and not some clown.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  20. DI

    If you believe in miracles like me, then Itrue because Pope John Paul II while alive was instrumental to the fall of Communism in Germany. He almost died but survived an assasination which in itself was almost a miracle he survived which he credits to God and Mary Mother saving him. So even dead I believe that God would use the Pope's plea for World Peace to make a miracle happen to eliminate a monster like Bin Laden on the Pope's Beatification Day.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Ken

      I can only hope as a Christian that John Paul came to the realization before he drew his last breath of who the real Holy Father is. It is very amazing to me as to how such a large number of people "Catholics" can't read for themselves what the Bible actually says. John Paul was a sinner and if he died un-repentant for the falsehoods that he spread then Hell is at this moment his home. God's is not impressed with manmade ceremonies or doctrines, it's His Word that He goes by and it's very clear that John Paul was alien to it.

      May 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • acuna

      if you have faith anything is possible, that's what happen on Monday, the Nation was asking for miracle and we received one, the pope was praying with for us, the peace he always breath, I don't wish anybody's death, but in this case someone had to die, either one of us again or Osama.

      May 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • el condor


      May 10, 2011 at 8:59 am |
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