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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A cast of the hand of Pope John Paul II is on display as final preperations are made for the opening of "Vatican Splendors," at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on May 14, 2010.The hand is just one piece of the 200 rare works of art and historically significant objects from the Vatican. St. Louis is one of only three U.S. cities to host this display which begins on May 15. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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