Now the process is officially underway and the life of the Servant of God is scrutinized. The testimony is gathered, any writings he or she may have kept or shared are read with great care. The depth of examination taking place tends to make this part of the process very lengthy, often lasting years, and ends with full documentation being offered to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
This warrants a special person being assigned to oversee the remainder of the process - this person is called the relator. The relator makes sure that all the documentation is as it should be so that a hierarchical voting process can be done which, if resulting in the affirmation of the Cause, will result in the recommendation to the Holy Father whose vote on the matter is final. The Holy Father’s vote for the Cause results in the title Venerable being given to the individual - for instance, Venerable John Paul II.
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