3 Jul 2013

John Paul II cleared to become saint

10:37 pm on 3 July 2013

Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, has been cleared to become a saint.

A commission of cardinals and bishops has credited him with a second miracle, which is required for someone to be made a saint in the Catholic Church.

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints ruled an "inexplicable recovery" in May 2011 was due to the late Pope's intercession. The commissiion did not give further details, the BBC reports.

All that is needed now is the signature of Pope Francis.