On November 7, 2017, the Cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved the heroic nature of the virtue of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I. Pope Francis is expected to soon sign the decree declaring him Venerable. When a miracle is approved, it will open the way to his beatification.

There are two possible miracles already waiting in the wings: the diocesan process has concluded for one miracle in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Pope Francis’ home diocese), and the process for a second miracle, the location of which has not specified, is still ongoing. When a miracle is chosen, it will be presented to the Congregation by Cardinal Beniamino Stella, the Postulator of Pope John Paul I’s cause. A previous potential miracle, of a man healed from non-Hodgkins lymphona in Altamura, Italy, has not been approved by the Vatican.

Pope John Paul I’s cause for beatification was opened just 14 years ago in November 2003, 25 years after his death. The diocesan process concluded in November 2006. The Roman phase finished in 2008. The first part of the Positio on his virtues was submitted to the Vatican in October 2012, and the complete Positio in October 2016. On June 1, 2017, a panel of theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved his heroic virtue, leaving the way open for the cardinals and bishops to vote.

Reporting from La Stampa and Corriere delle Alpi. Please keep coming back for updates!