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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The Pope is seen here wearing a white construction helmet during his visit to the Italian Rosignano Solvay chemical plant March 19, 1982. The pontiff, who worked in Poland in a similar plant, visited the chemical factory and spoke with workers who manufactured soda. (UPI Photo)
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