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John Paul I closer to sainthood as book debunks conspiracies

4 months 6 days 21 hours ago Thursday, November 09 2017 Nov 9, 2017 November 09, 2017 2:29 PM November 09, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Vatican Radio

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has moved Pope John Paul I - the pope who reigned for only 33 days in 1978 - a step closer to possible sainthood.

The Vatican said Thursday that Francis had signed a decree declaring that John Paul I lived a life of heroic virtue. The Vatican must confirm a miracle attributed to his intercession for him to be beatified, and a second miracle to be canonized.

Francis signed the decree just days after the Vatican endorsed a new book debunking four decades of conspiracy theories about John Paul I's sudden death.

The book, "Pope Luciani: Chronicle of a Death," hit stores this week.

Citing John Paul I's medical file and other confidential documents, it states the former Cardinal Albino Luciani died of a heart attack.

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