John Paul II to Be Beatified in May

Pope Benedict certifies miracle healing
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2011 8:52 AM CST
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi meets journalists at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – Pope John Paul II will be beatified May 1, the Vatican announced today. The news follows Pope Benedict's determination that his predecessor performed a miracle when a nun was cured of Parkinson’s disease after praying to him, the Los Angeles Times reports. It’s been a speedy road toward sainthood for the late pope; Benedict opened the process weeks after his predecessor died nearly six years ago. A second verified miracle is required before he can be canonized; click to see the entire process of becoming a saint.

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