John Paul I canonisation case goes to Rome

The cause for beatification and canonisation of Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, has completed its diocesan phase and forwarded to the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

Zenit reports that the diocesan phase of the cause which opened in the diocese of Belluno three years ago ended Friday with a ceremony at the northern Italy town's cathedral.

The cause opened in Belluno three years ago with the first session of the tribunal, presided over at the time by Bishop Vincenzo Savio.

Albino Luciani, the future Pope, was born on 17 October, 1912, in that diocese. He was elected Bishop of Rome on 26 August, 1978, and chose the name John Paul I. He died 33 days later.

The tribunal's last session was presided over by Bishop Giuseppe Andrich, the current head of the diocese.

The history of the process was summarized and its phases read out. Then, all the documentation examined by the tribunal was closed and sealed before being sent to the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes, which now oversees the cause.

In the newspaper Avvenire the postulator of the cause, Fr Enrico Dal Covolo, described the key characteristic of Pope John Paul I as "the figure of the Good Shepherd who gives his life, without holding anything back, for the flock entrusted to him."

"I see embodied in him the famous maxim of St. Augustine: 'It is a duty of love to feed the flock of Christ,'" Fr Dal Covolo told Avvenire.

A miracle attributable to the intercession of John Paul I is now necessary for beatification - and there already is "a case of cure" which might have such characteristics, the postulator said.

However, evaluation of the miracle will take place only after the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes proclaims the heroic virtues of Albino Luciani.

The purported miracle occurred in Puglia, southern Italy where man reportedly was cured of a tumor, without any possible scientific explanation, after praying to God for this grace through the intercession of the deceased Pontiff.

John Paul I's Cause Goes to Rome (Zenit, 13/11/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pope John Paul I (Vatican website)
Pope John Paul I (Wikipedia)

Enquiry opened toward beatification of Pope John Paul I (CathNews, 28/8/02)

14 Nov 2006