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Friday
Jul052013

Pope Francis Approves Sainthood for John Paul II, John XXIII

Hulton Archive/UIG via Getty Images(ROME) -- On Friday, Pope Francis approved former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII for sainthood.

Pope Francis waived the requirement of a second miracle attributed to John XXIII, known as "Good Pope John," and officially recognized the second miracle attributed to John Paul II. John Paul II's second miracle is said to be related to intercession.

John Paul II would be the fastest member of the Catholic Church to become a saint in modern history, just eight years after his death. The previous record is held by Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva, who was made a saint in 2002, 27 years after his death, says the Washington Post.

The canonization of John XXIII without a second miracle is uncommon, though not unprecedented. John XXIII himself waived the requirement for St. Gregorio Barbarigo in 1960.

No date was given for the canonization ceremony.

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