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Pope approves miracle and opens the way for the beatification of John Paul I

Pope Francis authorized this Wednesday the promulgation of the decree concerning the miracle attributed to John Paul I (Albino Luciani), born on October 17, 1912 in Forno di Canale (today Canale d’Agordo, Italy) and died on 28 October September 1978 at the Apostolic Palace (Vatican City State), during an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

John Paul I, who became known as the “Smile Pope”, was elected Pope on 26 August 1978 and died unexpectedly 33 days later, making his pontificate one of the shortest in history.

The miracle by which Luciani will be proclaimed blessed refers to the supposed inexplicable cure of an Argentine child who suffered from a serious brain disease.

The journalist and vice-postulator of the cause of canonization, Stefania Falasca, announced a few weeks ago in the religious newspaper “Avvenire” that the medical board that examined the case of the Argentine girl “has unanimously decided that the cure was scientifically inexplicable”.

Albino Luciani’s cause of canonization was opened in November 2003, 25 years after his death, and ended in November 2017 with the decree sanctioned by Pope Francis, which proclaimed the heroic virtues of John Paul I.

At the end of November 2017, the diocesan investigation started in 2016 in the Argentine diocese of Buenos Aires ended.

By being recognized the miracle of the child’s healing the way is opened for the beatification of Pope John Paul I, just awaiting the date that will be fixed by Pope Francis.

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