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Miracle approved, canonization looms for John Paul II

Catholic World News - July 02, 2013

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved a 2nd miracle attributed to the influence of Blessed John Paul II, according to multiple reports in the Italian news media.

The Congregation also reportedly approved a 2nd miracle attributed to the influence of Blessed John XXIII.

If the reports are accurate, and Pope Francis adds his approval, both former Pontiffs could be canonized before the end of this year.

The prelates who compose the Congregation met on July 2, with a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II reportedly on their agenda. The miracle had already been examined and tentatively approved by two panels of experts: one composed of doctors, the other of theologians. The prelates reportedly voted their final approval for the miracle.

The meeting’s agenda also reportedly included consideration of a miracle attributed to Blessed John XXIII. That miracle, too, was approved, sources said.

The Vatican has not announced the results of the July 2 meeting. The Congregation’s votes are technically secret, and do not officially take effect until the Pope authorizes the release of a decree. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation, will meet with Pope Francis to present the vote for papal approval sometime in the near future.

Vatican-watchers have already begun theorizing that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II could be canonized at the same ceremony. Although earlier speculation had pointed toward the canonization of Blessed John Paul II in October, the advance planning required for the massive ceremony involving the canonization of two beloved Pontiffs could push the date back to December.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 03, 2013 12:48 PM ET USA

    Minnesota Mary, I agree that Pope Pius XII was a saintly Pope and with any justice, he will someday be canonized. However, I'm sure the Church is prudently waiting until the whole anti-Catholic detraction industry built up around that tragic and evil event loses some of its steam. As historical research continues to exonerate Pius, then he will be beatified and canonized as long as attributable miracles are approved.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jul. 02, 2013 8:09 PM ET USA

    Before the Church rushes to canonize Poes JP II and John XXIII, how about canonizing Pope Pius XII first? Now there was a Pope! The fact that he has so many detractors who spew lies about him is to me a sure sign that Pius XII is the one deserving to be canonized. "If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me first." - Jesus Christ

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