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Pope clears way for canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Pope Francis has approved the canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII, the Vatican has announced.

A Vatican spokesman said the Pope had approved decrees clearing the way for both popes to be declared saints.

The Pope will convoke a consistory of cardinals to decide the date of the canonisations. It is expected that both popes will be canonised on the same day.

Francis also approved a decree recognising a miracle attributed to Mgr Álvaro del Portillo, the late prelate of Opus Dei, meaning that he will soon be beatified.