Pope opens John Paul II, John XXIII canonisation mass
Published on Apr 27, 2014 4:18 PM
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis began an historic ceremony on St Peter's Square on Sunday to confer sainthood on two of his predecessors - John Paul II and John XXIII.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was also in attendance as Francis came out on the Vatican piazza in a procession in which cardinals recited the Litany of Saints.
Thousands thronged St Peter's Square - many of them waving flags from John Paul II's homeland, Poland - after spending the night singing, dancing and praying.
Pilgrims attended vigils and camped out in the Eternal City ahead of a ceremony seen as a way of uniting conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism.
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