Brief: Pope John Paul II will be named a saint
Pope John Paul II will be named a saint on Sunday, April 27 at a ceremony in Vatican City.
In order to be canonized, or officially declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, the individual in question must undergo investigation after death.
The requirements for canonization include two Vatican-verified miracles performed due intercession of the individual on another individual.
After the Vatican verifies the first miracle, the Vatican declares the individual to be "beatified." A beatified individual earns the title of "Blessed" before his name. Beatification is an intermediate step to canonization.
The Vatican verified John Paul II's miracle - the curing of 50 year-old Floibeth Mora's inoperable brain aneurym, which was cured after she looked at the late pope's picture in a newspaper.
Normally, five years must pass after an individual's death before the canonization process can begin. John Paul II's, however, began only four years after his death.
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