Photos: Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Photos: Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 01: A pilgrim holds Polish flags as she attends the ceremony for the beatification of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square on May 1, 2011 in Vatican City, Vatican. The ceremony marking the beatification and the last stages of the process to elevate Pope John Paul II to sainthood was led by his successor Pope Benedict XI and attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims alongside heads of state and dignitaries. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press and Getty Images

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Posted on July 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 7:02 PM

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Friday cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis had the power to “dispense” with the normal saint-making procedures to canonize him on his own merit, without a miracle.

To view a slideshow of Pope John Paul II, click here.

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