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In general, two approved miracles attributed to the intercession of the candidate are needed for sainthood--one for beatification and the second for canonization.
Father Villarroel had also helped in the cause for beatification of Mother Francisca, the 17th-century founder of the homegrown Dominican Sisters of St.
Willmann as the Manila archdiocesan process for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the latter formally opens at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, Dec.
Beatification requires evidence of one miracle that happened after the candidate has died and as a result of a specific plea to the candidate.
Beatification is the third of four steps in the process by which someone officially becomes a saint.
In the case of Pope John XXIII, who was known as the "good pope", Francis waved the customary rules which require a second miracle after beatification, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
He is in the second stage of becoming a saint, being known as Venerable, with his beatification still pending.
Skubis made the point that not only did the research into Stefczyk's life need to be meticulous and extremely thorough, the final step to beatification cannot be taken without the church attributing a miracle to Stefczyk's intercession.
A place of honour was reserved for Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, a French nun who suffered from Parkinson's disease but whose inexplicable cure has been attributed to John Paul's intercession with God to perform a miracle, thus permitting the beatification to go ahead.
The relic, a key feature of beatification ceremonies, will be available for the faithful to venerate.
Earlier the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and former Archbishop of Birmingham, said it was right to go ahead with the beatification despite the clerical sex abuse scandals.
For Catholics filling St Peter's Square and its surrounding streets, and for those watching around the world the beatification was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the Pope was almost universally beloved.