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The World Watches As John Paul II And John XXIII Become Saints
Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square. "John XXIII and John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries," Francis said.
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Pope Francis touches a statue of the Virgin Mary as he leads 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)

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Crowds gather in Gods Mercy sanctuary in Krakow, Poland, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, for ceremonies of canonization of Polish-born Pope John Paul II. Thousands of faithful flocked to the sanctuary to watch live from the Vatican as Pope Francis, aided by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI declares John Paul and John XXIII saints, in an unprecedented ceremony involving four popes. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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A faithful touches the statue of John XXIII while the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II was taking place at the Vatican, at the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, northern Italy, the town of John XXIII, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence in St. Peter's Square of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing during a solemn canonization 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)

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Paraguay's people react as they look at a TV screen showing the Vatican ceremony for a historic day of four popes, with Popes Francis and Benedict XVI honoring John XXIII and John Paul II by declaring them saints, at Nazareth church in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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Pilgrims sleep inside a church near St. Peter's Square waiting to attend the ceremony for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, in Rome, early Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pilgrims and tourists streamed into Rome to participate in the ceremony in St. Peter's Square that will see two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, be proclaimed saints. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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A boy dressed as a Pope, yawns as he prepares to join a parade in celebration of the canonization or the elevation to sainthood in the Vatican of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII Sunday, April 27, 2014, at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. The predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines joins several nations worldwide in the celebration of canonization of the two Popes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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A Filipino devotee wipes tears as she watches the live satellite broadcast of the canonization or the elevation to sainthood in the Vatican of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. The predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines joins several nations worldwide in the celebration of canonization of the two Popes. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Pope Francis is driven through the crowd 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/Vadim Ghirda)

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Nuns follow a solemn ceremony led by Pope Francis, 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/Vadim Ghirda)

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Pope Francis greets faithful as he is driven through the crowd along Via della Conciliazione after celebrating the ceremony for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence in St. Peter's Square of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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A bishop reads a paper in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Tens of thousands of people have filled St. Peter's Square for a historic day of four popes, with Popes Francis and Benedict XVI honoring John XXIII and John Paul II by declaring them saints in the first ever canonization of two pontiffs.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI greets suor Tobiana, the Italian nun who took care of Pope John Paul II until his last moments, 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)
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Pope Francis asperses incense as he leads a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Tens of thousands of people have filled St. Peter's Square for a historic day of four popes, with Popes Francis and Benedict XVI honoring John XXIII and John Paul II by declaring them saints in the first ever canonization of two pontiffs. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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The World Watches As John Paul II And John XXIII Become Saints

Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square. "John XXIII and John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries," Francis said.

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