(NBC NEWS) Pope Francis cleared John Paul II for sainthood on Friday, approving miracles attributed to the late pontiff.
Pope John Paul II’s first approved miracle was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre. Her recovery from Parkinson’s disease after praying for the late pontiff’s intersession offered no medical explanation, according to the Vatican. The healing was confirmed as a miracle just six months after the pope’s death in 2005.
The second miracle is said to have occurred on May 1, 2011 – the night of John Paul’s beatification ceremony in St. Peter’s Square – and was the healing of a Costa Rican woman.