Vatican     BEATIFICATION IN 2000 FOR POPE JOHN XXIII?
At an October meeting, the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints could issue a pronouncement on the 'heroic virtue' of Pope John XXIII, paving the way for his beatification.
    Catholic World News reports that Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins, the prefect of the Congregation, has disclosed that the cardinals and bishops who make up the Congregation will hear the final presentation of the cause for John XXIII, and then vote on the authorisation of a formal decree recognizing his "heroic virtue."
    If that decree is approved, he would be proclaimed "Venerable." Then, the subsequent recognition of a miracle attributed to the late pontiff's intercession would fulfill the requirements for his beatification. It is possible, therefore, that John XXIII could be beatified during the year 2000.
   
    CWN 2:19pm 24/9/99

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