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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SLP99012623 - 26 JANUARY 1999 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: A member of the audience gathered to see Pope John Paul II at a youth rally receives the blessing of the Holy Father at the Kiel Center, January 26. bg/Mark Buckner UPI
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