POPE JOHN PAUL I MOVES STEP CLOSER TO SAINTHOOD
Pope Francis has moved Pope John Paul I — the pope who reigned for only 33 days in 1978 — a step closer to possible sainthood just days after the Vatican endorsed a new book debunking decades of conspiracy theories about his sudden death. The Vatican said Thursday that Francis had signed a decree declaring that John Paul I lived a life of heroic virtue. The Vatican must confirm a miracle attributed to his intercession for him to be beatified, and a second miracle to be made a saint. Earlier in the week, Pope Luciani: Chronicle of a Death went on sale in Italy, declaring that the former Cardinal Albino Luciani died of a heart attack at the age of 65. The author, journalist Stefania Falasca, was involved in his beatification cause and had access to confidential Vatican documents, including his medical file.