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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JER2000032607 - 26 MARCH 2000 - JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: Pope John Paul II bows his head and prays in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in Jerusalem, March 26th, before he placed a prayer in the Wall. The Pope ask for forgiveness for Christians who have caused the Jews to suffer during history. rw/Debbie Hill UPI (GPO)
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