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Late Patriarch can be canonized only after 50 years - official

Moscow, December 8, Interfax - At least 50 years have to pass for the Russian Orthodox Church to consider the canonization of the late Patriarch.

"The glorification commission of the Holy Synod holds the opinion that it is possible to consider the canonization of some one Christian or another no less than 50 years after his or her demise," member of the glorification commission Archpriest Georgy Mitrofanov told Interfax-Religion on Sunday.

There are almost no precedents when someone has been canonized earlier, he said.

He named as the key criteria for canonization "a long period of public reverence during which people pray much for a specific person, order memorial services and also if it is not the case of a martyr, that is a Christian dying for his or her faith - miracle-making related to prayers for this person (healing, effective spiritual assistance)."

Canonization also requires a thorough study of the life and activities of the potential saint, Father Georgy said. He said that three Russian Patriarchs have been canonized - Job (died in 1607, glorified in 1989), Hermogenes (died in 1612, glorified in 1914) and Tikhon (died in 1925, glorified in 1989).


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