Italian politician urges sainthood for slain priest from Pope
An Italian politician is urging Pope Francis to put the slain French priest, the Rev Jacque Hamel, on a fast track for sainthood.
Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombard region, said in an appeal circulated on social media that "Father Jacques is a martyr of faith" and requested that the pope "immediately proclaim him St Jacques".
Shortly after the appeal, the hashtage #santosubito, which translates as "saint immediately," began circulating on Twitter.
The canonisation process is a lengthy one involving two miracles attributed to the person's intercession, but in the case of a martyr only one miracle is needed, after beatification. There must first be a declaration by the Vatican that the person indeed died for the faith.