VATICAN CITY, SEP 12, 1997 (VIS) –
Today the Holy See Press Office made public the following note on canonical
procedure for causes of beatification and canonization:
Canon norms regarding the procedure to be followed for causes of saints
are contained in the Apostolic Constitution
'Divinus Perfectionis Magister,'
promulgated by John Paul II on January 25, 1983.
To begin a cause it is necessary for
at least 5 years to have passed
since the death of the candidate
. This is to allow greater balance and
objectivity in evaluating the case and to let the emotions of the moment
bishop of the diocese
in which the person whose beatification
is being requested died
is responsible for beginning the investigation
The promoter group: diocese, parish, religious congregation,
association, asks the bishop through the postulator for the opening of the
The bishop, once the 'nulla osta (no impediment)' of the Holy See is
forms a diocesan tribunal for this purpose.