Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the last Italian pope, the thus bringing closer to a saint.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope John Paul I , the Italian pontiff who reigned only 33 days before his death in 1978, will be beatified after a miracle has been attributed to him, bringing him one step closer to holiness.
Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing a first miracle attributed to John Paul I, the mysterious healing of a sick girl in Buenos Aires in 2011, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who oversee the canonization process, have declared in an instruction .
"A causal link between the invocation of Venerable John Paul I and the healing of the young girl has been recognized " he said.
The 11-year-old girl had contracted a severe form of inflammatory encephalopathy which caused her to be intubated and then contracted bronchial pneumonia, said the congregation, adding that the priest of the hospital proposed to his mother to seek the intercession of John Paul I.
Their prayers, and those in the nursing intensive care unit, "were addressed exclusively to Pope Luciani," and carried out together and individually, he said, in reference to John Paul, whose birth name was Albino Luciani.
After a few days the girl startedto recover until she regains full physical and psychological shape, the congregation said, adding that a commission of doctors within the Vatican certified in 2019 that there was no scientific explanation for its recovery.
The campaign for the canonization of John Paul I began in 2003, but languished due to difficulties in collecting evidence and documents in the two decades after his death, according to the so-called postulators who worked on his case.
In order for him to attain holiness, one more miracle must be attributed to him. Image The funeral of Pope John Paul I, who succeeded Pope Paul VI in August 1978 but died 33 days later. Credit ... David Lees / Corbis
The Vatican has not announced a date for the beatification of John Paul, a ceremony that normally takes place in the native region of the future saint. He was originally from a small village in the Dolomites mountains in the Veneto region of northern Italy, where he grew up in a poor family. The diocese recently bought its birthplace to turn it into a museum.
"He was a bishop much loved by the people and priests " said Cardinal Beniamino Stella, the main supporter of the canonization of John -Paul I, in an interview on the Vatican news site. . "And he was a very, very simple pope.
John Paul I was elected in August 1978 to succeed Paul VI, but he died a month later of ce postulators believe it to be a heart attack at the age of 65.
He was replaced by John Paul II, the third man to hold the title of pope in 1978, whose pontificate lasted until 2005, one of the longest in recent history.
If the process continues, near all the popes who have reigned since the end The 1950s would have become saints under the supervision of Pope Francis. John Paul II and John XXIII were data saints declared in 2014, while Paul VI received the honor in 2018.