Hawaii is closer to having a second saint.
The Vatican has cleared the way for the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope.
A group of cardinals and bishops confirmed a Vatican finding that there is no medical explanation for a second miracle attributed to Cope.
A final approval now goes to Pope Benedict who will make an announcement of the date for the canonization.
The 'second miracle' involves the healing of a woman who the church says had a fatal health condition.
On December 20, 2004 Pope John Paul II declared at a special session held at the Vatican that there had been a miracle due to the intercession of Venerable Marianne Cope.
The first miracle involved a 14-year-old Syracuse girl who was dying of multiple organ failure.
Blessed Marianne is, after Saint Damien, Hawaii's second candidate for sainthood.