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Jul 5, 2013 3:12 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Sainthood Proclaimed for Pope John Paul II

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been an exciting day for Catholic churches across the world after Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood. Corpus Christi Cathedral Priest, Father Joseph Lopez says this is a big announcement.

"For the Vatican and for the Catholic church it's a huge deal," Father Lopez said.

Father Lopez says it's no surprise that sainthood is cleared for "The Pope of the people" John Paul II.

"From the moment that he even became a priest, his friends from Poland, family members and so forth knew that there was something special about this man, the way he carried himself, the way he presented himself to people, the way he cared for people," Father Lopez said.

Pope Francis made the announcement Friday morning in Vatican City, following a statement that a second miracle attributed to John Paul II had been approved.

Floribeth Mora of Costa Rica says her brain aneurysm disappeared after she prayed to Pope John Paul II. She says a photograph of the pope seemed to speak to her during the deceased pontiff's beatification, and her doctor says the aneurysm disappeared for no apparent reason.

Mora told the Associated Press she was sent home with pain medicine, but no apparent hope for treatment. Her doctors have been unable to explain how she recovered.

Father Lopez says the news is spreading quickly and is a humbling feeling for so many Catholics.

"When one of your favorites is called as a candidate for sainthood it's a huge deal because that's one of your own being made a saint, being confirmed that this particular person is indeed in heaven," Father Lopez said.

This is a new chapter in the history of the Catholic church. Father Lopez says it's quite record breaking.

"There was a 27 year record, the shortest up until John Paul II, we're only just barely over 8 years since his death and he's going to be proclaimed a saint," Father Lopez said.

He says he believes sainthood for John Paul II came so soon for multiple reasons.

"The miracles that have been attributed through his intercession, in addition to that just the holiness of this man"

Canonization could be as early as the end of this year for the Holy Father John Paul II. He was Pope from 1978 until his death in 2005.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI approved John Paul's first reported miracle: a french nun supposedly cured of Parkinson's disease. The second miracle reportedly occurred in Costa Rica, where a woman said she recovered from a severe brain injury thanks to the intervention of John Paul II.

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