Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree on a miraculous healing attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul I.
Pope Francis on Wednesday received in audience Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized his dicastery to promulgate the decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Albino Luciani or Pope John Paul I.
The Congregation’s website says it is about the healing of an eleven-year-old girl at the end of her life with “severe acute inflammatory encephalopathy, a malignant refractory epileptic illness and septic shock”. Her situation was very serious, characterized by numerous daily seizures and a septic state of bronchopneumonia. The initiative to invoke the Pope had been taken by the parish priest of the parish under whose jurisdiction was the hospital.
So for Pope John Paul I, who hailed from the northern Italian region of Veneto, the way to beatification has been cleared and Pope Francis will decide upon a date for the ceremony.
Servant of God
The Church has recognised the miracle attributed to the Venerable Servant of God, Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani), who was born on 17 October 1912 in the northern Italian town of Canale d’Agordo and who died on 28 September 1978 in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. He headed the Church from when he was elected Pope on 26 August 1978 until his death 33 days later.
At an audience for the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Pope Francis authorized the dicastery to promulgate the Decree advancing his cause, along with the causes of seven other Servants of God including the confirmation of another miracle and the recognition of martyrdom for Argentinean priests Fr. Pietro Ortiz de Zàrate and Fr. Giovanni Antonio Solinas, killed in odium Fidei (in hatred of the faith) on 27 October 1683 in Argentina’s Valle del Zenta.
The other Decrees
A decree approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, the Colombian religious theologian, Maria Berenice Duque Hencker, founder of the Congregation of Little Sisters of the Annunciation. She was born on 14 August 1898 and died on 25 July 1993 in Medellin, Colombia.
The other decrees recognize the heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God, Hernandez Gonzalez, a diocesan priest who died in 1976; of Servant of God Maddalena di Gesù, founder of the Order of the Little Sisters of Jesus who died in 1989; of Servant of God Elisabetta Martinez, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Mary of Leuca, who died in 1991.