Sophia Loren writes the Vatican on behalf of the beatification and sainthood of Pope John Paul II. (H/T NCRegister.com)
(ANSA) - Rome, March 31 - Sophia Loren has lent her weight to the cause of Pope John Paul II reaching sainthood.
The screen star has written to the Vatican official who is putting the case for the late pope's beatification, one step from sainthood, Italian magazine Chi reports in an edition out Wednesday.
''The memory of John Paul II is jealously guarded in my heart,'' says the 74-year-old screen icon.
''It is a daily memory,'' she says, adding that she prayed at the pope's tomb ''to bear witness to my great admiration and devotion''.
Another Italian magazine, Oggi, reported two new alleged miracles Tuesday as part of the dossier being put together by the pope''s 'postulator', Msgr Slawomir Oder: a Polish boy with incurable kidney cancer who reportedly rose from his stretcher after visiting the pope's tomb; and a Texas woman said to have recovered from respiratory failure after being given up for dead.
Beatification is the final stage on the way to being declared a saint. It means that someone can be called 'Blessed' and that the person can be venerated by Catholics in the place where he or she lived, whereas a saint is venerated by the entire Church.
John Paul was put on a beatification fast track after his death in 2005 but the Vatican has repeatedly denied reports that he will get to the pre-sainthood stage any time soon. Despite this, there has been speculation that a June 2009 date would be chosen to coincide with the 30th anniversary of John Paul's election as pope. (Read entire article)
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