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Aside from his interest in phenomenology (John Paul's thesis was on Max Scheler), and his respect for Stein's work, he apparently envisioned her beatification and canonization as an apology for the silence of his predecessors during the Holocaust.
Experts in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and elsewhere have long been concerned that the distinction between beatification and canonization had become blurred, given that both have recently been treated as papal galas.
The period between beatification and canonization is the time for that to occur, he said.