Opening of formal cause for John Paul's beatification

An official edict has been issued, announcing the opening of a cause for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, according to Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

Catholic World News reports that the formal announcement came from the Rome diocese, signed by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the vicar for the diocese, and the notary, Giuseppe Gobbi. The edict was accompanied by instructions that it should be posted by the vicariate of Rome and the Archdiocese of Krakow, and published in the Italian newspapers.

Pope Benedict XVI announced on 13 May, at a meeting with the clergy of Rome, that he was lifting the ordinary 5-year waiting period that is required after the death of an individual before a cause for beatification can be opened. The cause was officially opened in Rome-- as indicated by Cardinal Ruini's signature-- five days later.

The formal announcement describes Pope John Paul II as "a man of intense prayer, a tireless pastor of the universal Church, and a courageous witness to the Gospel of Christ." It adds that his reputation for personal holiness, already widespread during his lifetime, "exploded in a brilliant manner at the time of his death."

The edict requests that anyone who has direct testimony about the life of Pope John Paul II, or owns unpublished written work by the late Pontiff, should submit the evidence to the Rome vicariate.

Formal cause opened for Pope John Paul's beatification (Catholic World News 30/5/05)

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31 May 2005