I am over the moon at this news! It’s been rumored for some time. Here’s the text of the Italian newspaper article announcing that the Positio on John Paul I’s cause for beatification will soon be turned in to the Holy See.
Stefania Falasca, who is mentioned as one of the writers of the Positio, will be one of the speakers at our conference on John Paul I here in New York in October .
Papa Luciani: The Positio will be turned in this October
AGORDO. – “On October 17, on the centenary of Albino Luciani’s birth, along with my collaborator Stefania Falasca, I will officially turn in to Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Positio on the Servant of God John Paul I.” This is the announcement made yesterday in Agordo by Bishop Enrico Dal Covolo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and postulator of the cause for beatification of Papa Luciani, during the homily at the mass celebrated in the archdiaconal church for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patrons of Agordo and the Agordino. Invited by the archdeacon, Giorgio Lise [the vice-postular of the cause] to preside over the solemn pontifical Mass, Dal Covolo explained how the iter of the process of beatification will take place.
“The Positio,” the bishop said, “is a dossier consisting of two huge volumes bound in red; in the first are collected the testimonies on the life and virtues of Luciani, while the second is centered above all on the story of his life. In these works, we find the best attestations of the heroicity of the virtues of John Paul I, which will then be examined on two levels: by the experts of the Congregation and after that by the members of the congregation. If the result of this examination is positive,” Dal Covolo continued, “as I am certain it will be, then the Pope will authorize the attribution of the title of Venerable. The process will then continue with the complete verification of the miracle, the seal of the iter, which has already had a very good beginning; for which reason, your illustrious fellow citizen of this region will rise to the honors of the altar as a Blessed.”
News that the people of the Agordino, at the urging of the prelate, welcomed with long and warm applause. In the rest of his talk, Dal Covolo recalled several times the ties that Luciani had with the community of Agordo, to which he gave the first fruits of his priesthood in 1935-37 with the then archdeacon Luigi Cappello (brother of the Jesuit Felice Maria Cappello, another citizen of the Agordino with a reputation for sanctity ) and to which he had reserved a historic visit as Patriarch of Venice on June 29, 1978, two months before being elected Pope.
“On that occasion,” the bishop stressed, “Luciani recalled with emotion the most beautiful period of his life spent in Agordo near the children, simple people, the poor and the miners of the Valle Imperina.” The last were also cited by Archdeacon Lise in his initial greeting to the bishop. “Agordo,” Lise said, “has been the land of emigration with so many miners and mining experts that, with their industriousness have honored this town and all of Italy throughout the world.”
Corriere delle Alpi, June 30, 2012
More updates as I get them.
Update, July 19: I missed this article, which has even more interesting news: According to Cardinal Saraiva Martins, former head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, John Paul I’s and Paul VI’s beatifications could even take place during the Year of Faith! I presume he means something like next September-October, 2013, which would be just before the end of the Year of Faith in November. Perhaps even on the 35th anniversary of Papa Luciani’s death on September 28?
Stay tuned for more news!
Update July 23: Here’s the video!