Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him 'venerable'
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and has put him on the path to sainthood.
The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision Nov. 9. It marks the first major step toward sainthood for the pope who died in 1978 at the age of 65, shocking the world and a church that had just mourned the death of Blessed Paul VI.
Pope Francis would have to recognize a miracle attributed to the late pope’s intercession in order for him to be beatified, the next