John Paul II Speeding Toward Sainthood Benedict expected to beatify him this year By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jan 12, 2011 3:50 PM CST 25 comments Comments In this June 7, 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II walks outside the home where he was born in Wadowice, Poland. (AP Photo, File) (Newser) – John Paul II's fast track to sainthood gets even faster this week. A Vatican panel has concluded that the former pontiff did indeed perform a miracle—a nun says her Parkinson's disappeared after she prayed to him—and will present its findings to Pope Benedict within days, reports Reuters. Benedict is expected to approve the miracle, then set a date for beatification later this year. That would bring John Paul one step from canonization, at which point he'll need either one more miracle or a waiver from Benedict. A Guardian columnist thinks the fast pace (it usually takes decades) is a mistake.