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Pope speeds path to sainthood for slain French priest

Pope Francis has agreed to speed up the path to sainthood for French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, murdered by two teenaged jihadists in July, Vatican sources said Sunday. Normally the Vatican observes a five-year "cooling off" period after the death of a candidate for sainthood before launching the process for beatification, the first step on the way. However the pontiff, who was in Azerbaijan on Sunday during a Caucasus tour, has agreed to make an exception in Hamel's case, according to the sources.
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