The Vatican will shortly receive a petition to acknowledge the first miracle at Knock after a woman has claimed that a visit to the shrine cured her of multiple sclerosis.
Other miracles have been claimed at Knock but none have actually been forwarded to the Vatican for verification.
The Sunday Times reported that Marian Carroll, now aged 59, says she was cured of multiple sclerosis after a visit to the shrine almost 20 years ago.
The claim is accompanied by several medical evaluations that accept that something remarkable happened to her when she visited Knock
Mrs Carroll wrote an autobiography ‘I Was Cured at Knock’, in which she describes her recovery from the MS condition that left her unable to walk, blind in one eye and without the control of her bladder.
She claims had multiple sclerosis for 17 years, although it was never officially diagnosed. At the age of 38 she was stretchered to Mass at the basilica in Knock.
During the ceremony she felt a weight lift from her and she was able to get up and walk. She has had no symptoms since.
Knock shrine is where an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist and Jesus Christ is said to have occurred in 1879.
Diarmuid Murray, a doctor who runs a practice in the shrine grounds, is gathering the evidence to present the case to the Vatican for approval.