Pope John Paul I to be beatified

The incumbent head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to one of his predecessors

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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1978 file photo, Pope John Paul I smiles and waves with both hands to the crowd filling St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis has moved Pope John Paul I, the pope who reigned for only 33 day, a step closer to possible sainthood just days after the Vatican endorsed a new book debunking four decades of conspiracy theories about his sudden, 1978 death. The Vatican said Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 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. (AP Photo, File)

On Wednesday, head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to one of his predecessors, according to The Vatican. John Paul I, who headed the church in 1978 for only 33 days, will be beatified and, perhaps, later canonized.

The date of the beatification of John Paul I has not yet been set, as it will be determined by Pope Francis. According to the APA agency, the beatification is expected to occur next spring.

The Vatican began the process of the Pope’s beatification, whose birth name was Albino Luciani, in 2003.

John Paul I died at the age of 65 on September 28, 1978, of cardiac arrest. He was then succeeded by John Paul II as head of the Catholic Church.

According to Vatican News, the miracle attributed to him is the healing of an 11-year-old girl in Buenos Aires.

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