Benedict XIV testifies for John Paul I's beatification

Never happened before in Catholic history

(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 28 - Benedict XVI has testified in the proceedings for the beatification of Pope John Paul I, Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family) Catholic magazine reported Friday.
    No pope has ever before testified for the beatification of another, the magazine said.
    John Paul I died 37 years ago after being pope for just 33 days.
    Beatification is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and his or her capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name. Beatification, with which a holy person earns the title Blessed, is the last rung on the ladder to canonisation and full sainthood.


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