The Pope signed a decree that recognizes the 'heroic virtues' of Alvaro del Portillo. He was the first successor of St. Josemaría Escrivá, who founded the Opus Dei. He was also his closest collaborator.
This step is actually key, as his beatification process goes further. It means, that Benedict XVI recognizes that “Don Alvaro” exemplified Christian virtues in his life. Now, those working on his cause for beatification, must present a documented miracle to the Vatican.
Click here for the full list of decrees by Pope Benedict XVI, in which he advanced the path towards canonisation for 16 new 'Servants of God'.