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Vatican Announces Beatification of Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II to be Beatified on May 1, 2011
A portrait of the Polish Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

A portrait of the Polish Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005), born Karol Wojtyla, Boston, Massachussetts, 1979.

(Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

On January 14, 2011, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints announced that Pope Benedict XVI would preside at the rite of beatification for Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Read on for the full text of the beatification decree, as well as photos of Pope John Paul II throughout his life.

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