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John Paul II Beatification Mass And Ceremony

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 01: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithfuls as he arrives in St. Peter's Square during John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011 in Vatican City, Vatican. The ceremony marking the beatification and the last stages of the process to elevate Pope John Paul II to sainthood was led by his successor Pope Benedict XI and attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims alongside heads of state and dignitaries. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II: A step closer to Sainthood

Catholics around the world celebrate as the late Pope John Paul II was proclaimed as 'Blessed' by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. John Paul, who was the first non-Italian pontiff in 450 years, initiated the World Youth Day to bring the youth closer to God. Photos by Associated Press and Getty Images.