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Popes John Paul II, John XXIII to be sainted

Pope Francis clears way for 2 predecessors

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood Friday: John Paul II, who guided the Roman Catholic Church during the end of the Cold War, and John XXIII, who assembled the liberalizing Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

In approving the sainthood of John XXIII even without a second miracle attributable to the pontiff, Francis took the rare step of bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis also said a Vatican committee had accepted the validity of a second miracle attributed to the intercession of John Paul. Both popes are expected to be canonized before the end of the year.

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