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Canonization: Becoming a Saint

John Paul II

The Catholic Church is working on canonizing both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Here's more about the process and their lives.

Canonization is the way the Catholic Church makes a deceased person a saint.

The process has two parts:

  1. An elaborate investigation of the deceased person’s life to determine that he or she has lived a life of exemplary holiness and heroic virtue.
  2. Verification that at least two miracles (miraculous cures) have occurred through the candidate’s intercession.

Beatification and Canonization Process

How Does Someone Become a Saint?

Beatification and Canonization from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Frequently Asked Questions about Saints


Biographies of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII


The Pontificate of John Paul II

Pope John Paul II - Holy See Press

John Paul II: The Millennial Pope

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII - Holy See Press

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