- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2013

Pope Francis said a second miracle attributed to John Paul II has panned out as true, and the now-deceased pontiff will be given the title of sainthood at a ceremony later this year.

The Catholic Church generally requires a two-miracle minimum as one condition of sainthood. But at the same time announcing the sainthood of Pope John Paul, Pope Francis also decided to canonize another — Pope John XXIII, who served from 1958 to 1963 — even though there’s been no second miracle affixed to his work, BBC reported.

Pope Francis will perform the canonization of Pope John Paul before the end of this year, The Associated Press reported.

Dec. 8 is a potential date, as it coincides with a major Catholic tradition, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, AP said.

Pope John Paul, born in Poland, headed up the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 through 2005, when he died.

“Fox & Friends” reported that the second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul stemmed from a woman who claimed her medical condition in her brain was cured after she prayed to him.

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