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Vatican: John Paul II to get sainthood

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint, the Vatican announced Friday.

According to CNN, Pope Francis signed the decree Friday morning, the Vatican said. John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005.

Also, Pope Francis issued his first encyclical Friday, a meditation on faith that is unique because it was written with someone else: Benedict XVI.

Benedict's hand is evident throughout much of the first three chapters of "The Light of Faith," with his theological style, concerns and reference points clear.

Francis' priorities come through strongest in the final chapter, where the Argentine Jesuit insists on the role of faith in serving the common good and giving hope to those who suffer.

It includes his first clear statement as pope on marriage being a union between man and woman with the aim of creating children.

"This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God's own love, and of the acknowledge and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh and are enabled to give birth to a new life," the encyclical reads.

Together, the two popes crafted the final installment of Benedict's conceived trio of encyclicals on the three Christian theological virtues: charity, hope and faith.

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