Pope John Paul Set to Be Beatified on May 1, AP Reports

Pope John Paul Set to Be Beatified on May 1
Pope John Paul II during the Corpus Christi procession in front of St. John of Lateran Basilica. Photographer:Alberto Pizzoli/Bloomberg

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The late Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1 this year after the Vatican decreed that the miracle cure of a French nun from Parkinson’s Disease was due to his intervention, the Associated Press reported, citing a decree by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Beatification is the last stage before being named as a saint, which would require a second miracle to be formally attributed to him by the Vatican, the newswire said.

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