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Padre Pio canonisation possible next year

Padre Pio might be canonised next year, an official has said.

Fr Gerardo Di Flumeri, one of the vice postulators of the Capuchin blessed's cause of canonisation, said Sunday that the Holy See confirmed to him that "Padre Pio will be a saint in the year 2002."

The miracle that may serve for this official recognition was linked to an 8-year-old named Matteo, of San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio resided. The child was inexplicably cured of meningitis in 2000.

Vatican commissions must still examine the case, however.