Madrid, Spain, Oct 7, 2010 / 12:02 pm
During a visit to Spain this week, the postulator of Pope John Paul II’s cause for beatification noted that the process is currently at a crucial moment as miracles attributed to the late pontiff’s intercession are being investigated.
In an interview with the newspaper La Razon, Father Slawomir Oder said the process “has not been blocked” as some media reports have indicated. “The only thing I can say is that the canonical process must continue,” he said.
“We have reached the end of the first phase which deals with his heroism and virtues, and now we must initiate the process dealing with miracles. When it is finished, the Church will be able to lay out the process for his beatification,” the priest said.
Fr. Oder was visiting Spain to promote his new book, “Why He is a Saint.” The priest has been John Paul II’s postulator since 2005 and was a personal friend of the revered Pontiff.