Thursday 18 January 2018

John Paul II cleared for sainthood

Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II (pictured) made a surprise visit to the saint's tomb in St Peter's Basilica.
Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II (pictured) made a surprise visit to the saint's tomb in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.

Francis also decided to canonise another pope, John XXIII, even though there has been no second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis approved a decision by cardinals and bishops.

The ceremonies are expected before the end of the year. The date of December 8 - the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major feast day for the church - has been floated as a possibility.

Press Association

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