Pope Francis approved John Paul II for sainthood by officially recognizing a miracle attributed to the deceased former pontiff.
Francis decided to convene a meeting of cardinals to canonize John Paul, the Polish prelate known as Karol Wojtyla before his reign as pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, the Vatican said today on its website.
John Paul was beatified in 2011 under Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. The miracle certified by Francis wasn’t specified in the Vatican bulletin. It was the second recognized by the Vatican after the curing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease, from which John Paul also suffered.
When Wojtyla was elected in 1978, he became the first pope from Poland and took advantage of his position as the head of the world’s billion Catholics to denounce totalitarianism and promote personal freedom and human rights. Poles credit him for helping hasten the fall of Communist regimes throughout the former Soviet bloc.
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