While we're on a streak of religion-related items, here's one that's particularly appropriate for Palm Sunday:
A French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, claims that Pope John Paul II cured her Parkinson's disease (the link is from the NY Times; some of my information is also from the France 2 news on TV). The symptoms of the disease were worst on her left side, and her left hand, in particular, trembled constantly and generally remained useless against her side. After she spent a night of prayer to the late pope, she found her tremors gone.
Quite sensibly, of course, she attributes the relief of the symptoms, which have reportedly remained absent since, to divine intervention by the pope — post hoc, ergo propter hoc, and faith, and all that. The case is classified as “unexplained recovery”, but the Vatican may “upgrade” it to “miracle” status next week. If that happens, it will leave it to Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether to beatify his predecessor.
Meanwhile, the archbishop has convened a committee of physicians and academics, including a neurologist and a psychiatrist, to investigate the situation and to try to remove doubt in the matter. Even some fellow nuns were not easily convinced, less willing to take the leap of faith and reasoning that Sister Marie did. One of her colleagues notes, of her own doubt, that even the apostle Thomas took eight days to be convinced — and he had to see Christ's wounds first.
I have no trouble accepting that Sister Marie's tremors have abated. Such an occurrence wouldn't be that unusual but that it's lasted for two years, and, as a doctor from the committee pointed out on the France 2 news, Parkinson's disease doesn't get better. So that does, indeed, make it an unexplained recovery, or at least unexplained symptom relief. Since the only way to monitor the progress of Parkinson's disease is through its symptoms, I don't see that there's any way to resolve the question for sure either way.
So the result will be that people who want to think that Pope John Paul II spoke to God from his place by His side... will think so. And those of us who think there's a more prosaic but far more likely explanation, which doesn't involve divine intervention and mystic silliness... will think so. Whatever the cause, though, I do hope that Sister Marie's symptoms remain absent.