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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 8:43 pm, Tue Jul 2, 2013.

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday.

The ANSA news agency reported that a commission of cardinals and bishops met Tuesday to consider John Paul’s case and signed off on it. A Vatican official confirmed that the decision had been made some time back and that Tuesday’s meeting was essentially a formality.

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