Once the diocesan investigation is finished,
the acts and documentation
are passed on to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
The public copy used for further work is put together here. The postulator,
resident in Rome, follows the preparation of the summary of
the documentation that proves the heroic exercise of virtue, under
the direction of a relator of the Congregation.
The 'Positio' undergoes
an examination (theological) by nine
who give their vote.
If the majority of the theologians are in favor, the cause is passed on
examination by cardinals and bishops
who are members of
They hold meetings twice a month. If their judgment is favorable,
the prefect of the congregation
presents the results of the entire course
of the cause to the Holy Father
, who gives his approval and authorizes
the congregation to draft the relative decree.
public reading and promulgation of the decree