VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI authorized an investigation on Dec. 20 that could result in proclaiming Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) a saint.
The Holy Father formally allowed the move as the Congregation for the Causes of Saints wrote a decree stating that Paul VI had “heroic virtue,” the first step necessary in the canonization process.
The Pope met with congregation prefect Cardinal Angelo Amato Dec. 20 to let him begin the review of the Humanae Vitae author.
During their meeting, Benedict also authorized the congregation to continue several other canonization processes, which are usually long and complex.
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