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John Paul II on brink of sainthood after miracle approved: report

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The late Pope John Paul II moved closer to sainthood on Tuesday after a commission of cardinals and bishops credited him with a second miracle since his death, Italian media reported.Full story

Papal Election Triggers Doomsday Theories

The beginning of papal conclave to elect a new head of the Catholic Church has some people worrying the end is nigh. Full story

Flashback Friday: Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI

  In April 2005, Pope John Paul II died and the conclave elected Pope Benedict XVI to succeed him.

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  John Paul II’s ‘Popemobile’ now for hire

The TODAY anchors, along with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, chat about the headline-making topics of the day, including the car that once carried Pope John Paul II during a visit to Ireland being offered up for rent by the general public for $325 an hour.

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