Syracuse Bishop discusses prayer and miracles leading up to canonization of Mother Marianne

Mother Marianne Cope

Central New York Catholics are just days away from celebrating the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope.

CNY Centralâ??s Matt Mulcahy and photographer Andy Wolf are in the Vatican to cover the global event.

Before they left, they sat down for an in depth conversation with the Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse , Robert Cunningham, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Matt asked Bishop Cunningham how believers know when prayers are answered.

"We don't know when we pray how our prayers are going to be answered. St. John Chrysostom said we don't know whether are prayers are answered the way we want them or the way God wants them to be," says Bishop Cunningham. "We don't know for sure which way it's going to go, but we do believe God does hear and answer these prayers and provides in certain case for a miraculous cure."

Matt asked Bishop Cunningham why it is that not everyone gets a miracle when right now, there is probably someone praying for something.

Bishop Cunningham says, "People pray for help or acceptance of god's will and then they move forward. You know God, everyone who goes to Lourdes isn't cured at least physically. A lot of times there is spiritual cure. There minds are opened their eyes are opened to what lies before them and that's all any of us can do."

Matt asked Bishop Cunningham why itâ??s important to have these examples of heroes.

"I grew up hearing stories of martyrs of sacrifices people made, the lives of saintly people. And I did know there were baseball teams and football teams too. Today so many of our young people see our athletes as heroes," says Bishop Cunningham. "That's good, but it needs to be balanced with people of faith too. I'm not saying athletes aren't people of faith, but the Holy Father gives us examples in the Saints and people can be emulated and practiced. Our young people need to see that. They need to see people the example of people who gave their lives in service to the church and to God's people. And how they can achieve fulfillment, happiness and holiness in doing it."

Bishop Cunningham says that so many young people look forward to challenges and hope to make a difference but they forget that they can make a difference by being, "a person like Mother Marianne who leaves everything who does things in a heroic way."

Matt Mulcahy's coverage of the canonization of Mother Marianne continues all this week as he reports from Rome and the Vatican.

It's all building toward the canonization of Mother Marianne on Sunday in St. Peter's Square.

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