Will They Become Saints? It'll Take A Miracle

Originally published on May 23, 2012 11:56 am

Pope John Paul II will be beatified Sunday in Rome. That puts him just one step away from sainthood. For a candidate to be beatified, or declared "blessed," the Catholic Church generally must verify that God has performed a miracle because of the person's intercession. During John Paul's time as pope alone, more than 1,000 people were declared "blessed." For a person to become a saint, a second miracle is required. Here's a look at a few notable figures who are one miracle away from canonization:

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