Thursday 30 March 2017

Pope John Paul II beatification date set

Benedict put John Paul on the fast track to possible sainthood just weeks after he died in 2005, responding to the chants of 'Santo Subito!' or 'Sainthood immediately!' Photo: Reuters
Benedict put John Paul on the fast track to possible sainthood just weeks after he died in 2005, responding to the chants of 'Santo Subito!' or 'Sainthood immediately!' Photo: Reuters
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, seen with the late Pope John Paul II

The Pope has approved a miracle attributed to the late Pope John Paul II and set May 1 as the date for him to be beatified.

Pope Benedict XVI declared in a decree that the cure of a French nun who suffered from Parkinson's disease was miraculous, the last step needed for the beatification.

The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome to celebrate one of the most popular popes of all time.

A second miracle is needed for John Paul to be made a saint.

Benedict put John Paul on the fast track to possible sainthood just weeks after he died in 2005, responding to the chants of "Santo Subito!" or "Sainthood immediately!" that erupted during his funeral.

John Paul died in 2005 and had been pope for 26 years.

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