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Latin American Catholics mark canonization of 2 popes with prayers, singing and dancing

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    Pope Francis kisses the relic of Pope John Paul II she received from Floribeth Mora, second right, a Costa Rican woman whose inoperable brain aneurysm purportedly disappeared after she prayed to John Paul II, during a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (The Associated Press)

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    Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman whose inoperable brain aneurysm purportedly disappeared after she prayed to John Paul II, grabs a relic of Pope John Paul II during a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (The Associated Press)

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    Pope Francis receives the relic of Pope John Paul II from Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman whose inoperable brain aneurysm purportedly disappeared after she prayed to John Paul II, during a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (The Associated Press)

Nearly 20,000 Costa Ricans have crowded into the capital's national stadium as Catholics around Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate the canonization of the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII with prayers and joyous singing and dancing.

The celebrations have been especially fervent in Costa Rica, where the church says Floribeth Mora experienced a miracle recovery attributed to John Paul II. She had suffered from an inoperable brain aneurysm

Catholics on Saturday evening filled the bleachers at Costa Rica's main stadium for an overnight vigil. They watched the Vatican ceremony broadcast early Sunday on giant screens.

Many faithful carried photographs of John Paul II, who is especially popular in the region. Vendors outside the stadium hawked tiny figurines of the late pontiff who visited Costa Rica in 1983.