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 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 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)