Pope: Blessed VI to be canonized this year


Pope Francis said that Blessed Paul VI will be canonized this year. The Holy Father also noted that the cause for beatification is underway for Pope John Paul I.

At the end of a closed-door question and answer session with priests of Rome on Thursday, the Pope said it will be a “holy year” for Paul VI. “There are two Bishops of Rome who have recently become saints: John XXIII and John Paul II,” the Pope said. “Paul VI will become one this year. One cause for beatification is underway, John Paul I; his cause is open. And Benedict and I are on the waiting list. Pray for us.”

Earlier this month, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Paul VI.

Pope Francis has yet to give his formal approval which would be in the form of an official decree, after which the date of his canonization in Rome will be announced. Some expect Paul VI to be canonized in the autumn, probably October, or possibly just before the summer holidays.