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Pope paves way to beatification of John Paul II

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    Pope Benedict XVI has formally approved a miracle attributed to his late predecessor, paving the way to John Paul II's beatification on 1 May.
    The process of beatification, or declaring the late pontiff to be "blessed", is a crucial step towards making him a saint.
    John Paul II died in 2005 after a papacy of nearly 27 years.
    The Vatican credits him with the miraculous cure of a nun said to have had Parkinson's Disease.
    Church officials believe that the Polish pope, who himself suffered from the condition, interceded for the miraculous cure of Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a Frenchwoman in her late forties.
    She has said her illness inexplicably disappeared two months after John Paul II's death, after she and her fellow nuns had prayed to him.
    Church-appointed doctors agreed that there was no medical explanation for the curing of the nun, although last year there were some doubts about the validity of the miracle.