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Beatification for Pope John Paul II Leaves Him One Step Closer to Sainthood (VIDEO)

Pope John Paul II is getting beatified. And, yes, that’s agood thing.

Beatification is the Catholic Church’s recognition that a deceased person isblessed for martyrdom or for performing a miracle. The late pope is beingvenerated for miraculously healing a French nun of Parkinson’s disease in 1982.Pope Benedict XVI approved the order in a Jan. 14 meeting at the Vatican.

Pope John Paul’s beatification is the quickest in history, barely edging outMother Teresa, who also received the recognition six years after her death.

The May 1 beatification ceremony will put Pope John Paul II one step closer tosainthood, which requires a second Vatican-validated miracle.