(Left) Blessed John XXIII; (right) Blessed John Paul II
During an already busy
news day at the Vatican, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints released
a slate of decrees concerning the causes for canonization of several
individuals, most notably Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. It was
announced that Pope
Francis has approved a second miracle attributed to the intercession of
Pope John Paul II, clearing the way for his canonization just eight years after
his death; the Holy Father also approved the decisionvoted upon by the Ordinary
Session of Cardinals and Bishopsto canonize Pope John XXIII without a second
miracle attributed to his intercession.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that while
the decision to canonize in the absence of a second miracle is unusual, the
move is valid. One miracle attributed to the intercession
of John XXIII was approved before the late pope’s beatification and, according to the Vatican Radio report, Father Lombardi stated that "it was [Pope Francis'] will that the sainthood of the great Pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognized."
A special Consistory of the College of Cardinals has been
called to decide upon the details of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II;
Father Lombardi said that while dates have not been set, it is possible that
John Paul and John XXIII will be canonized at the same time. He also stated
that he believed the canonizations would take place before the end of the year.
Developments in the canonization causes of several
other individuals were
by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, including
several miracles and declarations of heroic virtue.