The deceased Pope John Paul II is beatified as blessed by PopeBenedict XVI , at the Vatican in the presence of 500,000 pilgrims.
Pope John Paul II is now only one step away from Sainthood. There required a miracle from him to qualify him as the blessed. This miracle was reported by a nun who recovered from Parkinson's disease due to his intercession. Pope Paul's beatification came in a record short time of 6 years after his death.