A second miracle by Pope John Paul II was approved Tuesday by a plenary meeting of cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, ANSA sources said.
The decision means that John Paul may be canonized by the end of this year, the sources said.
The next step is for Pope Francis to give the final signature.
The cardinals and bishops belonging to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints were in favour of a canonisation ceremony taking place in December, after the end of the current year of the faith. But the final decision is up to Francis.