Pope John Paul II Will Be Declared a Saint

There are three steps to becoming a Catholic saint after death:

First, the title "venerable" is formally given by the pope to someone judged to have exhibited "heroic virtues."

Then, a miracle must be attributed to the deceased person's intervention, allowing beatification.

Lastly, canonization (or sainthood), which requires a second attributed miracle.

Pope John Paul II was the third-longest serving pope in history. He died on April 2, 2005 at the age of 84.