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An early clue to how Pope Benedict XVI may veer from the path of his 6 will be on display this Saturday at
St. Peter’s Basilica. For the first two beatifications of his papacy, Benedict is not only moving the proceedings indoors
but also 7 the task to an underling. After Pope John Paul II turned beatifications into major events by presiding
over each ceremony, Benedict is reverting to having the Mass led by a designated Cardinal, which will garner less
attention. Some church observers wonder if the Pope may begin to slow down what some have called John Paul II’s
saintmaking “factory” which 8 out 1,340 beatifications and 482 canonizations—more than the combined
numbers over the past five centuries. Even though Benedict is now in the driver’s seat, it may be hard for him to slam
on the brakes. While it is certainly possible that Benedict could slow the flow of saints, those already under
consideration will be difficult to stop. He could now at least control the pipeline by making the requirements more 9 .
That said, one cause sure to be pressed quickly is the canonization of John Paul II.