.- In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said that like many people in the world, the Holy See hopes the beatification of John Paul II will occur âas soon as possibleâ but that the normal process would be followed.
With the third anniversary of the late Pontiffâs death just a week away, Cardinal Saraiva reminisced about the events of those days. âWe all remember the day of Pope Wojtylaâs funeral. We remember the shouts of âSanto subito!â âSainthood now!â That phrase, that cry in St. Peterâs Square expressed what people were thinking. It meant that John Paul II genuinely had a true reputation for holiness among the faithful. And we know that is essential in the process of beatification,â he explained.
âIf that reputation for holiness did not exist, a cause for beatification could not even begin,â Cardinal Saraiva stressed, noting that the process goes through a series of phases.
âEach process has two fundamental phases. One diocesanâlocalâand the other what we call âRoman,â at the level of the Holy See. The diocesan phase was concluded on April 2 last year. Once the diocesan phase is closed, the Roman phase is opened immediately without delay, with the official handing over of all the documentation gathered during the diocesan phase to my dicastery.â
âOnce this documentation is received, we immediately approve a postulator for the Roman phase, who is the same postulator that was in charge of the diocesan phase. We also appoint a relator who, guided by the postulator, puts together the so-called âpositio,â which is a collection of all the documents organized in a systematic and organic fashion. This âpositioâ is printed out and is studied by the collegiate bodies of the dicastery,â the cardinal said.
âThe postulator of the cause for beatification of John Paul II is the one drafting the âpositioâ,â Cardinal Saraiva continued, noting that it could consist of volumes of documentation. âIt doesnât depend on the dicastery, but rather on the time the postulator needs to finish his work. I donât know how many months, a yearâ¦I donât know and maybe he doesnât either,â he said.
âWhat I can assure you is that once we receive the âpositioâ we will study it immediately without delay. Because the dicastery certainly wants John Paul II to be raised to the altars as soon as possible and to be called âBlessed,â responding thus to the cries in St. Peterâs of âSainthood Nowâ.â