John Paul's Rise Toward Sainthood: Going Too Fast?

Workers in St. Peter's Square on April 27

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As the Vatican prepares for the beatification of John Paul II, some Catholics are questioning whether the late pontiff is being elevated to sainthood a little too fast.

NPR reports on the steps the Catholic Church follows to recognize someone as a saint and the speed with which the process is proceeding for the Polish Pope.

The story was originally heard on WXXI-AM 1370 during All Things Considered.


NPR also prepared this gallery of notable figures who are close to canonization by the church.