" And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16, 17:18)
Blessed Mary (1842-1909) passed the first stage to sainthood when pope John Paul II beatified her in 1995, after recognising a first miracle attributed to her, in which a woman was said to have been cured of terminal leukaemia.
In December, Pope Benedict recognised a miracle in which Blessed Mary apparently cured a woman of cancer, paving the way for her canonisation.
That woman was Lake Macquarie woman Kathleen Evans. Last month she came forward to give her account of how she was cured of inoperable cancers in her lungs and brain.
Doctors gave her only a few months to live.
Ms Evans said after being diagnosed she wore a picture of Blessed Mary, with a piece of the nun's clothing attached, and prayed to her constantly, as did her family.
She said she was shocked when scans done 10 months later found the cancer was gone.
"That particular doctor said, 'what treatment did you have?'. I said none," she said.
"He said, 'did you have alternate medicine?'. I said no.
"He said, 'well what did you do?'. I said, 'you probably wouldn't believe me' and I told him.
"His reaction was wonderful. He was blown apart."She said her medical records were heavily scrutinised by doctors.