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 Dalai Lama, 46, the “Sun King” of six million Tibetan Buddhists, gestures as the talks with Pope John Paul II during an audience at the Vatican on October 9, 1980. The Dalai Lama, whose real name is Tenzin Ghatso, left Rome early the next morning for Canada. (UPI Photo/eib/Vatican Pool Photo/Files)
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