HomeBeatification/CanonizatonJohn Paul I’s Cause to Advance another Step

I missed this when it first came out, but it is great news.

John_Paul_I_Credit_ANSA_OLDPIXJohn Paul I’s cause for beatification is clearing a final hurdle: Beginning in September, the documents can be considered by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The Positio was turned in more or less symbolically two years ago, on the centenary of his birth, but some parts were still incomplete. It was prepared by Signora Stefania Falasca, who was finishing up her doctoral dissertation during the centenary, and so had less time to work on the cause. She also contributed a paper to our 2012 conference in Brooklyn. Now everything will be turned in and in order! Here are the details:

John Paul I’s beatification cause may advance, cardinal says

By Catholic News Agency’s Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci

Belluno, Italy, Jul 24, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced the milestone during his homily at Mass in the Belluno cathedral July 20.

The beatification process of John Paul I had been slowed because the “positio” had not been completed. The positio is the document that the postulator prepares, presenting the “pros” and “cons” of a person’s possible beatification.

After the positio is submitted, theologian consultants to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and the Promoter of Faith, will vote on whether to approve the document for further consideration. (Read the rest)

Wonderful news! The date will probably coincide with the 36th anniversary of his death.

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