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Pope Francis officially recognizes heroic virtues of cardinal friend of John Paul II


When Karol Wojtyla was archbishop of Krakow, another cardinal was a hero of resistance against communist totalitarianism in Poland. It was his friend Stefan Wyszynski, archbishop of Warsaw.

Now, Pope Francis has officially recognized Wyszynski's demonstration of “heroic virtues.”

It's the first important step in the canonization process. 

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski participated in the two conclaves in 1978 and helped elect John Paul II. 

To proceed to beatification, proof of a miracle through his intercession must be shown – for example, a miraculous cure.