In an effort to relieve inequalities among the Causes of potential saints, steps are being taken to reduce the costs associated with the canonisation process, according to a Vatican official, reports the Catholic News Agency.
According to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has said the cost reduction is in response to a Holy See request to standardise and provide more public information on the costs associated with the canonisation process.
The cost-cutting measures will also help provide assistance to dioceses and religious orders unable to raise the funding for their Causes.
L'Osservatore Romano said Pope Francis wants the reforms at the congregation to include the creation of a preferential pathway for blessed and saints who are not well known, or who come from the poorest regions of the world. It would also benefit those who were victims of the Nazi and communist persecutions of the 20th century.
Cardinal Amato said the Holy Father has great interest in 'valuing the holiness of priests and laypeople' and that he is 'always willing' to meet with him to evaluate and sign decrees of beatification and canonisation.
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