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Pope John Paul’s beatification in pictures

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  1. A picture of the late Pope John Paul II is seen before the beatification mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several hundred ...
  2. Pope Benedict XVI blesses a portrait of John Paul II as he arrives for the beatification Mass of late Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Photo: AP
  3. A tapestry of Pope John Paul II is unveiled during his beatification mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several hundred thou ...
  4. Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals pay respect to the coffin of the late Pope John Paul II inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd ...
  5. Pope Benedict XVI kisses the glass reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II during his beatification mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a ...
  6. The coffin of the late Pope John Paul II is seen inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago ...
  7. Cardinals pay their respects at the coffin of the late Pope John Paul II inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since h ...
  8. Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in ...
  9. Pope Benedict XVI kisses the altar at the end of a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photo: Reuters
  10. Two nuns kiss the casket of John Paul II inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St Peter's Square and surrounding streets, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possib ...
  11. The coffin of the late Pope John Paul II is seen inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six ...
  12. A tapestry of Pope John Paul II is displayed during his beatification mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the large ...
  13. Cardinals arrive in procession as they attend the mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest ...
  14. The online auction site eBay, with a plethora of things up for sale, recently put on the block a bit of papal history, the identity card of Albino Luciani, who later became pope John Paul I.
  15. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during a solemn celebration led by Pope Benedict XVI where late Pope John Paul II was beatified in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, in the fastest beatification in modern times. Photo: AP
  16. A priest prays prior to the start of a solemn celebration for the beatification of late Pope John Paul II, in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, in the fastest beatification in modern times. Photo: AP
  17. Bishops attend during the mass of late Pope John Paul II at the St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six y ...
  18. Krakow Bishop Jan Zajac holds the reliquary containing a drop of blood of late Pope John Paul II at the start of a procession in the Lagiewniki God's Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland. Photo: AP
  19. Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to celebrate a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photo: Reuters
  20. This picture shows a general view of St Peter's square during John Paul II beatification ceremony at The Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the status of "blessed" on the late John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square, filled to overflowing as more than one million people to ...
  21. Pope Benedict XVI follows a line of prelates as he waves from his popemobile upon his arrival in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St Peter's Square and surrounding streets, moving the ...
  22. Polish nun Sister Benedikta prepares candles before a public viewing of the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II in the Lagiewniki God's Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland. Photo: AP
  23. Pope Benedict XVI kneels in front of the coffin of the late Pope John Paul II inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome si ...

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