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The cause of the Servant of God Albino Luciani

by Stefania Falasca

The cause for the beatification and canonization of John Paul I was solemnly opened on 23 November 2003 in the Cathedral of Belluno. The diocesan enquiry into his virtues concluded on 10 November 2006. The investigation brought together all the spoken and documentary evidence. During its 203 sessions 170 witnesses were heard in the episcopal headquarters in Belluno, Vittorio Veneto, Venice and Rome. On 27 June last year the formal decree of validity of the diocesan proceedings was signed by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and Father Cristoforo Bove was appointed to bring forward the cause. The Roman phase of the cause thus opened. In this second phase, on the basis of the documents recognized and endorsed by the decree of validity, the Positio super virtutibus will be prepared which must demonstrate the heroic virtues and reputation of sanctity of the servant of God. Upon completion of the Positio two stages of enquiry follow, one conducted by the Congress of consultant theologians and one by the ordinary Congregation of bishops and cardinals. The promulgation of the decree on the virtues will be the final act in the process of ascertainment of the heroic virtues.

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