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Faithful give thanks for John Paul beatification

For the second straight day, Roman Catholic faithful filled St. Peter's Square on Monday in an outpouring of thanks for the fast beatification of John Paul II, a joyous celebration of the much-loved late pontiff.Full story

Beatification of John Paul II

  Catholic faithful around the world celebrate the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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  Christians celebrated the promise of new beginnings in Jerusalem while at the Vatican, in a festively adorned St. Peter’s Square, the pope took note of recent events. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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A young pilgrim holds a flag during a mass of thanksgiving including the relic of the late Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican on May 2, 2011. A giant banner bearing a smiling portrait of the charismatic Polish pope was unveiled over the facade of Saint Peter's Basilica Sunday