Nightly News   |  July 05, 2013

John Paul II sainthood: welcome news for Catholics

Pope Francis has approved two miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II: the healing of a brain aneurism in a Costa Rican woman and the cure of the French nun afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> just eight years after his death, we learn pope john paul ii is going to become a saint. that's record time in the history of the roman catholic church . pope john paul was not the only pope to be cleared for sainthood. the story from michelle franzen .

>> reporter: during more than a quarter century as pope, john paul ii traveled the world, making history , inspiring millions, and earning their affection. at his funeral in 2005 , mourners called out santo sevito, saint now. now it's happened. pope francis appearing with pope emeritus been addict a elm meritus benedict announced he will be a saint before the end of the year. the miraculous cure of a french nun inflicted with parkinson's disease. another pope will be made saint as well. john xxiii , who ruled the second vatican council .

>> what pope francis is saying, let's honor and revere both men.

>> reporter: a chance to unite the catholic church . shaken by sex abuse and corruption scandals. john paul 's impending canonization was welcome news.

>> exciting to have a saint that we knew. that we live through.

>> reporter: the people's pope, now soon to become the people's saint. michelle franzen , nbc news, new