After struggling with Parkinson's disease for more than a decade, Pope John Paul II died in his room at the Vatican. Near death, aware of the many young people in St. Peter's Square praying for him, he said “I have looked for you, now you have come to me. And I thank you.” Photos
The Cause for Sainthood for John Paul II was opened in May 2005 after his successor, Pope Benedict, waived the usual five-year waiting period. More on the life of John Paul II
Since John Paul II was from Poland but spent nearly three decades as pope, the Diocese of Rome manages the cause with help from the Kraków Diocese. On May 18, 2005, the tribunal begins gathering testimonies, writings, personal letters, and any information, both favorable and contrary, regarding his life.
Since 2001, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre suffered from Parkinson's disease, an affliction that also affected Pope John Paul II. After invoking the intercession of the pope, she was given a miraculous healing in June 2005. Prayer
On April 2, 2007, the positio, containing all the diocesan research on John Paul II's life, goes to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which examines the materials, including possible cures, enlisting the expertise of historians, doctors, theologians and cardinals.
After the Congregation of the Causes of Saints reaches a positive decision about John Paul II's holiness, Pope Benedict signs the “decree of heroic virtue” on December 19, 2009, and John Paul II is declared “Venerable.” More on the life of Pope John Paul II
On January 14, 2011, after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirms that the cure experienced by Sister Marie Simon-Pierre in June 2005 is unexplainable, Pope Benedict XVI authorizes the Congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning the miracle, making beatification possible.
On May 1, 2011, John Paul II is beatified at the Vatican by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI in front of 1.5 million devotees. Photos
Floribeth Mora, a 50-year-old Costa Rican woman, was cured of a brain aneurysm. Mora said that she received an inexplicable healing after she invoked John Paul II’s intercession. She also said she was watching a broadcast of the 2011 beatification ceremony for John Paul II and contemplating the pope’s image on a magazine when she heard a voice telling her not to be afraid and to get up. Shortly after, her doctors confirmed that the aneurysm disappeared for no apparent reason.
The Vatican announced on September 30, 2013 that Blessed John Paul II will be declared a saint on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. From his death in 2005 to his canonization, Pope John Paul II’s cause for sainthood took only nine years.
The department in the Vatican that deals with causes for sainthood in Rome, and which investigates and approves the causes.
The appointed person who manages the logistics of the case.
The act of a person praying on behalf of another; the prayers or petitions of one person in favor of another. Regarding canonization, the faithful pray to the candidate for sainthood, asking the candidate to intercede on their behalf.
Scientifically unexplainable occurrences, usually medical cures. Miracles that happen through such intercessory prayers are considered a possible sign that the candidate is with God. One authenticated miracle is required for beatification, and an additional one for canonization.