London, England, Aug 31, 2016 / 04:33 am
A relative of Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry has moved one step closer to sainthood.
According to reports from the British news source Catholic Herald, a 20-year investigation into the life and works of Father Ignatius Spencer has recently been approved by Vatican historians.
The positio, or document used in the process to declare someone "venerable," has officially been passed to the theologians of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Sainthood.
If sufficient "evidence of sanctity" is found, they will appeal to Pope Francis to declare the Passionist priest "venerable," the second of four major steps on the path to canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.