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John Paul II 'may become saint this year' says cardinal

'By 2014 at the latest'

11 January, 12:59
John Paul II 'may become saint this year' says cardinal

(ANSA) - Rome - John Paul II may be named a saint sometime this year, a cardinal and close confidant to the late pope has said.

"If not this year, it will be 2014," said Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re. "Since John Paul II did more than one miracle, his canonization will surely be recognized".

In 2011 John Paul was beatified, the first step towards sainthood, six years after he died at age 84. His successor Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned the beatification after a Vatican commission officially attributed a miracle to John Paul - the inexplicable recovery of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, from Parkinson's Disease through the intervention of the late pope.

John Paul will have to be attributed with another miracle before he can be canonized.

"I don't have enough information to say for certain he will become a saint by the end of the year," added the cardinal, "but I know that recently three or four of his miracles were being examined to see which were the most 'solid'".

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