Archbishop Edward Nowak, the secretary for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has told an Italian newspaper that Pope John Paul II could be named a saint as early as October.
He said in an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera that six months could be enough time to attribute the required two miracles to John Paul II, despite reports of miracles carried out by John Paul II during his lifetime, only those occurring after his death would count toward his sainthood.
The Polish-born archbishop said the next Pope could choose to bypass the usual lengthy procedure, which dictates that the process for beatification begin only five years after a person’s death. Pope John Paul II himself waived the five-year rule for Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose canonization process began only a year and a half after her death.
Since the Pope’s death earlier this month, there has been great enthusiasm among the faithful for his speedy canonisation.