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Two recent Popes are close to sainthood, according to the Vatican.

The late Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been cleared for sainthood by Pope Francis.

Pope John Paul II has been on the fast- track to sainthood since his death in 2005.

At that time pope Benedict overruled the five year waiting period to begin the process weeks after he died.

Most people think of saints from hundreds of years ago, but these two popes served during our lifetime.

"Pope John XXIIIserved in the late 50's and 60's and of course Pope John Paul II died less than ten years ago," said Father Chris Singer, Chancellor for the Diocese of Erie. "They're very recent and many people even in our own diocese have met John Paul II."

Father Singer has attended mass said by Pope John Paul II, and even has a chalice that was used and blessed by him.

The formal canonization ceremonies are expected to happen before the end of the year.

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