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Monday, November 1, 2010

0146: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (I)

Entry 0146: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (I)

The beatification process of Pope John Paul II began on June 28, 2005, two months after the death of the Roman Pontiff thanks to a dispensation granted by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Holy Father Benedict XVI waived the normal five-year waiting period before beginning the cause of beatification and canonization of Pope John Paul II on April 28, 2005.

The dispensation waived the normal period of time that the Roman Catholic Church requires before a cause for canonization can be opened after a person dies.

The cause was officially opened by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, on June 28, 2005.

The decree proclaiming Pope John Paul II’s life of heroic virtue was prepared by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 December 2009.

With the approval of the decree on heroic virtue, the servant of God Pope John Paul II qualified for the title "Venerable" and may be beatified with the approval of a miracle.