I am sure that she did a lot of good work while she was alive but how can anyone say that she cured someone of cancer some 80 years after she died?Â They are giving people false hope and the church is out of touch with reality.Â Pity the prayers of the little children couldn't save them from the preists. Terminal illness such as cancer can be cured by prayer, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia says. But Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell admits such cures, like the miracle attributed to Mary MacKillop, is obviously rare. "Yes obviously (cancer can be cured by prayer)," Cardinal Pell told ABC Television on Monday. "And there are quite a number of examples in the books." Cardinal Pell says that won't give sick people a false sense of security because they realise cure by prayer is a "very long shot". The Vatican has recognised Mother Mary's role in the healing a woman with inoperable cancer during the mid 1990s after she prayed to Mother Mary. It is the second miracle attributed to Mary MacKillop, who is set to become the nation's first Saint, 100 years after her death.