Vatican to make John Paul II a saint

The Vatican says Pope John Paul II is to become a saint, the BBC reports.

Pope Francis authorized a second miracle attributed to the late pontiff, clearing the way for his canonization, which is expected later this year.

The Polish-born pontiff led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005.

Pope Francis also approved the sainthood of Pope John XXIII (1958-1963), though no second miracle has been attributed to his intercession.

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