RESPONSE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
At the request of His Most Eminent and Reverend Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, the Supreme Pontiff BENEDICT XVI, taking into consideration the exceptional circumstances put forward during the Audience granted to the same Cardinal Vicar General on 28 April 2005, has dispensed the five-year waiting period following the death of the Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Supreme Pontiff, so that the cause of Beatification and Canonization of the same Servant of God can begin immediately. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary.
Given in Rome, from the See of this Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 9 May 2005.
Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F.
Archbishop Edward Nowak,
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