Does Vatican (or Holy See) publish the miracles it has approved? I'm seeking a list of currently approved miracles (any kind, really, including apparitions, eucharistic miracles and so on). I was, however, unable to find an official source.

This is all I've come up with: http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions

This is not enough:

  • firstly because it's hard to tell which are Catholic Church approved (and, under Vatican approved tab there are only 15 of them listed [which seems a bit low to me])
  • secondly, because under different tabs, there's an occasional duplication
  • thirdly, it's not an official source

Edit: I am looking for that kind of miracles, that are marked as worthy of belief ("Constat de supernaturalitate") see here

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  • I'm thinking the answer is probably no, in general; "The Vatican" isn't really in the business of deciding what is and isn't a miracle, except insofar as that's helpful to the Christian faithful in their spiritual lives. – Matt Gutting Nov 29 '15 at 22:14
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    @MattGutting Actually, I would say Yes, in general. Miracles are important in the progress to canonisation, and the Holy See does pronounce on authentic visions and associated miracles. I suspect everything is reported in the Acta, but they only go back to 1870ish, are in Latin and don't easily show classifications like "Miracles recognised". – Andrew Leach Nov 30 '15 at 8:29
  • @Andrew I'd have to check, but while miracles related to the causes of Saints are closely tracked, miracles in general (e.g. attributed to existing saints) mightn't be; and while visions of Saints might be investigated if very large numbers of the faithful start believing, visions in general probably won't, if they don't attract much attention. But this is really an answer, if unsupported, not a comment. – Matt Gutting Nov 30 '15 at 11:29

There is not a complete list of approved miracles, because miracles (or presumed miracles) are checked and approved for specific reasons. For example, if you search "miracles approved for John Paul II beatification" you'll find some result, or "miracles from Lourdes".

The bishop of my diocese was member of Congregatio de Causis Sanctorum, and he studied a lot of presumed miraculous healings. Some time ago, I asked him about it. He told me that the "approving-miracle-procedure" is very long and complicated, but it follows 7 rules written by Pope Benedict XIV

  1. The disease must be serous (not a flu, or a cold, or a simple fever)
  2. The diagnosis must be certified (there must be no doubt that the disease exists)
  3. It must be "organic" (I'm not sure of what it means... I should ask more)
  4. No known therapy can explain the healing
  5. The healing must be instant and unexpected
  6. The healing must be complete
  7. The healing must be definitive

To satisfy that points, the Congragatio asks to experts who don't know that they are searching for a miracle. See this BBC article for more information.

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  • "Organic" means physical. In other words the healing must affect the body. This rule is not set in stone either, since Rome can approve a deliverance from some sort of natural disaster as a miracle. – Ken Graham Feb 2 '16 at 4:26

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