File - Calls for John Paul II’s canonization began at his funeral.
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The Catholic Church makes saints to provide the faithful with role models.BASICSThe Vatican's detailed process for making a saint usually starts in the diocese where the candidate lived or died.If the congregation's experts agree the candidate lived a virtuous life, the case is forwarded to the pope, who signs a decree attesting to the candidate's "heroic virtues".If convinced, the congregation sends the case to the pope, who signs a decree saying the candidate can be beatified. A second miracle is needed for canonization.Pope Francis, very much a spiritual son of John, waived the Vatican rule requiring a second miracle so that John could be canonized alongside John Paul.Benedict continued the process, albeit at a slower clip – 45 saints under his watch – and only presided over canonizations, not beatifications.Francis technically overtook John Paul's record within just two months serving as pope.
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