CNS reports that the cardinal and bishop members of the Congregation for Causes of Saints unanimously recommended that Pope Benedict XVI formally recognize that Pope John Paul II heroically lived the Christian virtues. The Holy Father approves such requests three times a year and is expected to declare his predecessor "Venerable" this December. This is the next 'official' step in declaring John Paul II a saint, and considering a miracle has already been attributed to him, beatification should be right around the corner.
John Paul the Great. Pray for us.