Pope John Paul II has been declared "Venerable," which had been expected for some time. So has Pope Pius XII, which was not expected (though is not terribly surprising given the comments coming from the Vatican relating to his cause of late). Both of them were declared as possessing the "heroic virtue." The declaration of Pius's "heroic virtue" has already caused consternation among some Jewish groups.
Also, as expected, the final miracle required for the canonization of Mother Mary MacKillop, the formerly excommunicated Australian nun, has been approved, making her the first Australian saint. (See post below for more on her story.)
And Jerzy Popieluszko, the Polish priest murdered in 1984 by the Polish Secret Service, was declared a martyr. (For beatification, a martyr's cause does not require a miracle.)
But there was a lot more in the declaration from the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, which got lost in the hubbub over the more high-profile causes. For example, Mary Ward, (pictured above) foundress of the Loreto Sisters, who was actually put on trial before the Inquisition, is now on the road to canonization, having also been declared as leading a life of "heroic virtue." The stories of both MacKillop and Ward are, frankly, astonishing.
By reading the full text of the declaration one can see how holiness can take many forms: two of those who led lives of "heroic virtue" were popes, overseeing the church's hierarchy. Two others, sisters, were excommunicated and investigated, that is, they were women who found themselves in direct conflict with the hierarchy.
Holiness comes in many forms.