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Italian politician urges sainthood for slain priest from Pope

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 7:55 AM
In this grab made from video, police officers speak to a driver as they close off a road during a hostage situation in Normandy, France, on Tuesday.

PARIS (AP):
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.