It’s Beatification Time! Pope Benedict XVI Confirms Pope John Paul II’s First Miracle

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Pope John Paul II is just one miracle away from becoming a saint, thanks to his successor Pope Benedict XVI.

All he needs is one more declared miracle. Then, voila, sainthood.

(More on TIME.com: A brief history of sainthood.)

Benedict announced Friday that John Paul miraculously cured Sister Marie Pierre Simon, a French nun, of Parkinson’s disease — the very disease that took his life.

At John Paul’s funeral believers in Saint Peter’s Square cried “santo subito,” meaning “sainthood now.”

(More on TIME.com: Read Pope John Paul II’s message on World Peace Day.)

Benedict honored their request, waving the traditional five-year waiting period for the beatification process to begin. The beatification is set for May 1. (via New York Times)

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