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Sainthood for Pope John Paul II in April

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Sainthood for Pope John Paul II in April
John Paul II led the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Photo: Patrick Hertzog AFP
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Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pontiff, will be canonized in on April 27th, the first Sunday after Easter.

Pope Francis, who has led the Catholic Church since March, approved the former pope’s second miracle and set the stage for his sainthood in July.

The miracle is believed to be the curing of a woman with a brain injury in Costa Rica. John Paul II is also celebrated for curing a French nun from Parkinson's disease, know as the former pope's first miracle.

John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, became Archbishop of Krakow in 1964 and served as pope from 1978 to 2005. In 1981 he survived an assassination attempt and forgave his would-be killer.

Pope John XXIII, an Italian who held the position from 1958 until 1963, will also be made a saint on the same day. Both are considered to be among the most charismatic pontiffs of the 20th century.

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