John Paul II Moves A Step Closer To Beatification

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has moved Pope John Paul II one step closer to possible beatification, the milestone before sainthood.

Benedict on Saturday approved a decree attesting to John Paul's heroic virtues.

Benedict still must sign off on a miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession before the late pope can be beatified.

Benedict put the Polish pontiff on the fast track for sainthood just weeks after his April 2, 2005 death, waiving the customary five-year waiting period and allowing the investigation into John Paul's virtues to begin immediately.

Benedict also approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Pope Pius XII, despite opposition from Jews who say the World War II-era pope didn't do enough to stop the Holocaust.

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  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Dec 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Salvation was given to us as a free gift. Thats what Christmas is all about.We become Saints in the eyes of God because He sees the Blood of His Son on our heart.
  • by Bill Location: Robersonville on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    The Bible says that you can never do anything to drserve becoming a Saint however it also says that we become Saints when we ask Jesus into our life and accept the free gift of Salvation,Not of works lest any man should boast.Only what God has done for us sending His only Son to take our punishment for our sins.Its to bad we complicate this matter so much. Jesus made it easy enough for a child to become a Saint by accepting this free gift of Salvation.

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