12 Jan '11, 4pm

John Paul beatification just needs Pope's nod

VATICAN CITY - THE beatification of late Polish pope John Paul II - a key step on the path to sainthood - just needs the pope's signature to make it official, Italian media reported on Wednesday. According to Il Giornale newspaper and Vatican expert Marco Tosatti, the Congregation of the Causes for Saints has approved John Paul's first miracle. The commission confirmed that French nun Marie Simon-Pierre was miraculously cured of Parkinson's disease through the intercession of John Paul II, who also suffered from Parkinson's and died aged 84 on April 2, 2005. One miracle is required for beatification and two are needed for sainthood. Andrea Tornielli, Vatican expert for Il Giornale, said the committee unanimously approved the miracle during a meeting on Tuesday. Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini declined to comment. The Prefect of the Causes for Saints, Angelo Amato, will ...

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