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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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SLP99012611 - 26 JANUARY 1999 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: President Bill Clinton (R), assists Pope John Paul II to the podium, as the two world leaders meet at the Missouri Air National Guard hanger at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, January 26. Pope John Paul is making a two-day stop in St. Louis. wy/bg/Jim Compton UPI
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