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, in the Roman Catholic Church, process by which a person is classified as a saint. It is now performed at Rome alone, although in the Middle Ages and earlier bishops elsewhere used to canonize.
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During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul canonised 482 people and beatified 1,338 - more than all his predecessors over the past 500 years combined.
One miracle is required for John Paul to be beatified, a second one for him to be declared a saint.
MASSES celebrating the newly beatified Mother Teresa of Calcutta are taking place all over Ireland this weekend.
Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa in a ceremony yesterday in a packed St Peter's Square, bestowing one of his church's highest honours.
While some canonizations take hundreds of years to take place, Escriva died in 1975 and was beatified in 1992.
That will allow Mother Teresa to be beatified - the first step towards sainthood.
The third was revealed as the Pope beatified two of the shepherd children in Fatima - watched by 600,000 pilgrims.
Brother Edmund, who founded a school system that educated many top people, was being beatified by the Pope during Mass in St Peter's Square this morning.
Italian laywoman Maria Corsini was beatified in 2001, just 35 years after her death, along with her husband Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi, the first married couple to be declared "blessed.
But Vatican experts have noted that, even with the waiting period lifted, a lengthy investigation into John Paul's life and confirmation of a miracle attributed to him would be required before he could be beatified.
Currently before being beatified a person must be credited with at least one miracle, unless he or she was a martyr.
With the six, representing Poland, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Spain and Portugal, John Paul has beatified 1,330 people during his 25-year pontificate, more than all his predecessors over the past 500 years combined.