I am sure you all remember Pope John Paul II, may he rest in peace. Recently, I heard that the current Roman pope, Pope Benedict XVI, has waived the minimum period required to declare someone a saint for Pope John Paul II. I am not 100% sure, but I think the minimum requirement is to wait at least 3 or 5 years...i can't remember.
In our church, the required minimum waiting period is 50 years...am I correct? (that's why we don't officially declare H.H. Pope Kyrillos VI as a saint at the moment).
Anyways, what I was thinking is that does the Pope have the right to waive a specific law of the church just to please the people? Many Polish people wanted Pope John Paul II declared "an immediate saint" (Pope John Paul II was of Polish descent).
Has there been any point in our church history where the Pope has waived an official church rule?