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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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Washington DC: Pope John Paul II waves goodbye to a crowd at Andrews Air Force Base as Vice President Walter Mondale looks on during ceremonies before his departure for Rome. The Pope ended his week long American tour 10/7/1979 in Washington. (UPI Photo/Larry Rubenstein)
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