POPE JOHN PAUL I MOVES STEP CLOSER TO SAINT­HOOD

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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.

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