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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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Pope John Paul II is resting in the hospital February 25, 2005 following an emergency tracheotomy to ease his breathing. The Pope is seen here wearing the traditional head dress, cape and carrying staff of the Masai tribe while he attended Mass in Nairobi's Uhuru Park May 7, 1980. (UPI/Luciano Mellace)
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