Pope John Paul II nears sainthood (20 images)

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI formally credited a miracle to his predecessor, paving the way for Pope John Paul II to be beatified May 1, the Vatican said Friday.

The Vatican said the late John Paul II miraculously cured a nun who reportedly had Parkinson's disease, the BBC reported.

Here is a look back at a few memorable moments with Pope John Paul II from the UPI News Picture Archives.

Updated: Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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Pope John Paul II is surrounded by people, many of them homeless victims of the earthquacke which hit the area in September, 1979, on his arrival here March 23. The Pope was on hand to celebrate mass on the occasion of the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St. Benedict, the patron saint of Europe.
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