5 Year Waiting Period Dispensed

The norms of Divinus perfectionis magister governing the causes of the saints, and promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 15 January 1983, provided for a 5 year waiting period before the initiation of a Cause for Beatification and Canonization.

The waiver had been requested by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, His Eminence Camillo Cardinal Ruini, and granted by Pope Benedict XVI on 9 May 2005. At an assembly of the clergy of the Roman diocese on 13 May 2005, the Holy Father announced the dispensation, reading the following letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Joseph Cardinal Saraiva Martins, in the original Latin.

Instante Em.mo ac Rev.mo Domino D. Camillo S.R.E. Cardinali Ruini, Vicario Generali Suae Sanctitatis pro Dioecesi Romana, Summus Pontifex BENEDICTUS XVI, attentis peculiaribus expositis adiunctis, in audentia eidem Cardinali Vicario Generali die 28 mensis Aprilis huius anni 2005 concessa, dispensavit a tempore quinque annorum exspectationis post mortem Servi Dei Ioannis Pauli II (Caroli Wojtyla), Summi Pontificis, ita ut causa Beatificationis et Canonizationis eiusdem Servi Dei statim incipi posset. Contrariis non obstantibus quibuslibet.

Datum Romae, ex aedibus huius Congregationis de Causis Sanctorum, die 9 mensis Maii A.D. 2005.

Iosephus Card. Saraiva Martins
Eduardus Nowak
Archiepiscopus tit. Lunensis a Secretis