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2005 conclave urged fast-track beatification for John Paul II

April 28, 2011

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the former vicar of the Rome diocese, has disclosed that a petition calling for the prompt opening of the cause to beatify Pope John Paul II was circulated during the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Ruini revealed that even before electing the new Pontiff, many cardinals signed the petition, calling upon the new Pope to waive the ordinary 5-year waiting period and allow the cause for beatification to begin immediately. Pope Benedict took that step shortly after his election.


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