Looks like the current Pope's going to have a lot to live up to!
Today, the Vatican announced that Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1st.
The late Pope will be referred to as "the Blessed John Paul II" following the beatification ceremony, and he'll be much closer to becoming a saint.
For one to be "beatified," a post-death miracle must be proven "through the scrutiny of medical and theological experts."
Looks like John Paul should be all set to be beatified, as he's been credited for healing Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre who prayed to him, following his death. According to "experts," her prayers to the late Pope cured her of Parkinson's disease, and it was deemed "a miracle."
For John Paul II to actually reach saint status, he'll need a second miracle to be confirmed.
Guess we'll see what happens. We'll be sure to keep an ear out for any miracle reports.
Do U think John Paul II deserves recognition as a saint? Do U think it will happen?
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