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Pope Francis announced at the end of a question-and-answer sessions with pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year.
Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, according to the newspaper of his home diocese.
Only relics that have been certified as authentic can be exposed for veneration by the faithful, said a new Vatican instruction.
The Vatican announced Nov. 9 that Pope Francis has recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.