The Cause of canonization of Pierre Goursat, whose Director is Father Francis Kohn, was opened on January 7, 2010 in Paris. The Diocesan Inquiry, the first part of a Cause of Canonization, made it possible to constitute a 10,000-page document with the objective of proving the reputation of holiness and the heroism of the virtues of the Servant of God. The commission in charge of this inquiry was composed of Bishop Georges Soubrier, Episcopal Delegate for the Cause, Father Xavier Rambaud, Promoter of Justice and three notaries. He worked very hard on auditioning a number of witnesses who knew Pierre Goursat. The report of the historic commission, those of two theologians, as well as many other testimonies collected by the postulation, were added to the file. At the closing session the crates containing all these documents are sealed and then taken to Rome.
The second phase of the Cause instructed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can then officially begin.