Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

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ARS, FRANCE: Pope John Paul II blesses 06 October 1986 in Ars a baby during the third day of his visit to Lyon's area. The pontiff was visiting from 04 to 07 October East and Central regions of France (it was his 31th International Pastoral visit). AFP PHOTO DANIEL JANIN (Photo credit should read DANIEL JANIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 12:10 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.

Francis also decided Friday to canonize 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 Dec. 8 has been floated as a possibility, given it's the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major feast day for the church.

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