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Pope John Paul II Closer To Sainthood

Pope John Paul II will move one step closer to sainthood when he is beatified during an elaborate Vatican ceremony on Sunday. While the Roman Catholic Church has held up heroes, patrons, intercessors and spiritual companions for centuries, the path to sainthood is never easy or quick. "The lives of the saints show us that God makes holiness out of all sorts of different materials," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of My Life with the Saints. While many religious traditions honor people who are considered especially holy, the Catholic Church has a uniquely complex system for declaring someone a saint. The multi-step canonization process has evolved since the 13th century/Kim Lawton, USA Today. More here.  (AP file photo of Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles in September 1987)

Question: Is Pope John Paul II the right type of a person who should be made a saint?

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