Vatican sources said a decision could be announced within months, meaning that John Henry Newman could be beatified as early as 2008, the Telegraph reported Monday.
Medical experts are already looking into evidence that a 69-year-old American was cured of a crippling spinal condition after praying to the cardinal.
If it is deemed a miracle than the convert who became a cardinal would be declared "blessed" and only one step from canonization, which would require a second miracle.
The Vatican's Congregation for Saints normally takes years to go through similar cases, but has given priority to Newman.
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