Will They Become Saints? It'll Take A Miracle Pope John Paul II will be beatified Sunday in Rome. That puts him just one step away from sainthood. Here's a look at a few notable figures who have also been beatified but are not saints (at least, not yet).
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Will They Become Saints? It'll Take A Miracle

Pope John Paul II will be beatified Sunday in Rome. That puts him just one step away from sainthood. For a candidate to be beatified, or declared "blessed," the Catholic Church generally must verify that God has performed a miracle because of the person's intercession. During John Paul's time as pope alone, more than 1,000 people were declared "blessed." For a person to become a saint, a second miracle is required. Here's a look at a few notable figures who are one miracle away from canonization: