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John Paul I, only one step away from beatification


John Paul I is one step away from beatification. Pope Francis has signed the decree that recognizes him as "venerable." This means that the Church recognizes the exemplary life and heroic virtues he lived.

His process began in 2003, and is approaching a decisive moment. In order to be beatified, it is necessary that a miracle be produced, attributed to his intercession. Currently, two possible cases are being studied.

If John Paul I is beatified, there would be five twentieth-century popes recognized for their life as an example to others. Pius X, John XXIII and John Paul II have already been canonized, while the case for Paul VI is only missing the miracle that allows his canonization.