A miracle confirmed and a date set. From the New York Times:
Pope Benedict XVI moved his beloved predecessor one step closer to sainthood on Friday, confirming a miracle by John Paul II and setting May 1 as the date of his beatification....
Benedict said in a decree on Friday that a French nun had been miraculously cured from Parkinson’s disease thanks to John Paul’s intercession. John Paul himself suffered from Parkinson’s. A second miracle is needed for him to become a saint.
After John Paul is beatified, he will be considered “blessed” and can be publicly venerated. Benedict is expected to celebrate the beatification Mass himself, the first Sunday after Easter.
In a statement on Friday, Benedict said that a Vatican-appointed committee of cardinals, bishops, doctors and theologians had determined that the recovery of Sister Marie Pierre Simon from Parkinson’s Disease was “miraculous” and “scientifically inexplicable.”