After John Paul II’s beatification in 2011, he could become a saint next year. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation of Bishops, was a close collaborator of Pope John Paul II for many years.
The cardinal gave a speech during the presentation of
the show “Il Papa e il poeta” (“The Pope and the poet”), written
by Vatican correspondent Mimmo Muolo, an multimedia recital that goes on
stage tomorrow at Rome’s Conciliation Auditorium.
“I know that there is important evidence of grace being granted and
miraculous healings being performed by the Blessed John Paul II – the
cardinal told Vatican Insider – and that four or five of these cases are
But one of these updates dates back to about a month ago
and I don’t know whether one of these cases has been presented to the
Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In any case, given that it
usually takes at least a year from the moment the miracle is presented
to the dicastery to the end of its assessment and the Pope’s decree, I
think it is unlikely Pope Wojtyla will be canonised in 2013.”
Just after Christmas a Polish television channel
spread rumours about Pope Wojtyla’s canonization being celebrated next
October but the news was not confirmed.
Vatican Insider has learnt that
the Postulator of the cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder, had apparently already
picked out the case of healing he was going to present to the
Congregation, some time ago. He had apparently also gathered all
But before presenting it to the Vatican, the
diocesan process needs to take place in the diocese where the miraculous
event took place. Some significant steps forward are therefore being
made, but it is too early to talk dates as the Congregation of Saints
has not yet examined the case.
On the other hand, it should be noted
that, as was seen in the case of John Paul II’s beatification process,
technical times can be shortened by a higher power and so surprises are
not to be excluded.
It appears far more likely Paul VI will be beatified
in 2013, after Benedict XVI recognised his heroic virtues last December,
after the identification of a miraculous healing performed by the
former pope in California – the healing of an unborn baby.
is about to be presented to the Congregation.
“It could be examined in
the spring - Cardinal Re said – and if it is recognised as a miracle
then it could receive final approval by June.”
So Paul VI’s
beatification could take place in the second half of 2013, at the end of
the Year of Faith.