Submitted by ub on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 09:08

The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II, John XXIII will be elevated to sainthood.

Pope John Paul II is set to become a saint of the Catholic Church by the end of this year, following the approval of Pope Francis over a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

Pope Francis has also cleared the way for Pope John XXIII to be canonized, even though there has been no second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis approved a decision by cardinals and bishops.

These ceremonies are expected to take place before the end of the year. The date of December 8 is a possibility, given it’s the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major holy day for the Catholic church.