Sleuth and lawyer: Vatican trains people in the art of saint making

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VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Being the point person for promoting a sainthood cause requires the combined qualities of a private investigator, a theologian, a lawyer, a historian and a medical examiner.

But, most of all, it seems, patience and attention to detail are what's needed to be a postulator -- the key person promoting and shepherding the cause through each stage of the process, which often takes decades.

Teaching future postulators to navigate the process is the job of the "Studium," a two-month course in Rome offered each year by the Congregation for Saints' Causes.
The congregation runs the course "because it's the only entity that can teach both the theory and the practice," said Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, secretary of the congregation and the lecturer for six of the classes....

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