John Paul II has been on a fast track to sainthood since his funeral in April 2005, when banners were displayed proclaiming “Santo subito”, or “Make him a saint immediately”. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

On what was a significant day in the pontificate of Pope Francis, the Holy See yesterday confirmed that the pope had approved the canonisation of two (...)

 Pope John Paul II prepares to leave Ireland  on an Aer Lingus plane at Shannon Airport following his Papal visit to Ireland in 1979. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

The late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican confirmed today, announcing that Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to(...)

The late Pope John Paul II has moved closer to sainthood after a commission of cardinals and bishops credited him with a second miracle since his death. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/REUTERS.

The late Pope John Paul II has moved closer to sainthood after a commission of cardinals and bishops credited him with a second miracle since his deat(...)