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Pope John Paul II, who called gays ‘evil’, to become a saint

Pope John Paul II, who called gays ‘evil’, to become a saint

Pope John Paul II, who notoriously called gay people ‘evil’, is to become a saint, it was revealed minutes ago.

According to the Vatican, the head of the Catholic Church from 1978 till his death in 2005 will be canonized after performing two ‘miracles’.

The current leader Pope Francis has also decided to canonize Pope John XXIII even without having the usual miracle approved.

The ceremonies are expected before the end of the year. It is believed John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized on 8 Dec, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 2005, the first ‘miracle’ was the healing of a French nun named Sister Marie Simon-Pierre.

She allegedly recovered from Parkinson’s Disease after praying to the late pope, although it has been suggested several times she did not actually have the ailment. The Vatican has refused a medical autopsy to validate the claim.

The second ‘miracle’ is believed to have happened when John Paul II was beatified on 1 May 2011. A woman claims she was ‘healed’ on the same day.

In his time at head of the Catholic Church, John Paul II was deeply opposed to gay rights and said transgender people should not be allowed to have any position within the Catholic Church.

In his book Memory and Identity, he said the push for same-sex marriage was part of a ‘new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.’

He also described equal marriage as threatening society and culture, adding family ‘must never be undermined by laws based on a narrow and unnatural vision of man.’