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 died at the age of 84 in his Vatican apartment on April 2, 2005. The Pope is seen here in this May 2, 1984 file photo speaking at a press conference with President Ronald Reagan in Anchorage, Alaska. (UPI Photo/Files)
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