</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> So, um, who exactly do we contact in the Vatican? Does John Paul II handle this beatification stuff directly, or does he have some staff or a committee that does the initial legwork? </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">There's a rather large committee that looks extensively into the life of the candidate. We would have to wait until he's dead, but once Don is, the process can begin. Then miracles can be determined and authenticated (I think he needs two, maybe four). If he's lucky, he could be canonized before the year 2100. Hey, it took Padre Pio 34 years after he died and he was a shoe-in.
And just an observation from my recent trip to the Vatican: John Paul II looks very ill. The cardinals very well could be locking themselves in the Sistine Chapel shortly.
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