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 wind played havoc with the Pope's cape as he addressed the crowd during a reception in his honor on the South lawn of the White House October 6, 1979. President Jimmy Carter quickly helped the pontiff out of his predicament. (UPI photo/Murphy)
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