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Beatification of John Paul II

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

A general view of St. Peter's Square during the John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 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. Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images
Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on May 1, ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images
One of the thousands of Catholic faithful wipes a tear from her eye as she watches the ceremony of beatification of late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square, Vatican, May 1, conducted by Pope Benedict. Behind her another of the faithful carries a large poster of the Polish-born pontiff. Radek Pietruszka / EPA
A huge mural of former Polish-born Pope John Paul II is slowly unveiled as below Pope Benedict begins the beatification ceremony in an open air mass held in St. Peter's Square, Vatican, May 1. Radek Pietruszka / EPA
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, right, followed by other cardinals, touches the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, May 1, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than 1.5 million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets. Andrew Medichini/pool / EPA
Polish nun Tobiana, left, the nurse of late Pope John Paul II and French nun Marie Simon-Pierre, whose unexplained healing was the miracle that qualified John Paul II for beatification, display the casket containing the relics of late pope John Paul II during his beatification ceremony on May 1, at St Peter's square at The Vatican. Andreas Solaro / AFP - Getty Images
Bishops attend the beatification ceremony for late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1. Anja Niedringhaus / AP
Pilgrims attend the ceremony for the beatification of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square on May 1, in Vatican City, Vatican. Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images
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, on May 1. Stefano Rellandini / Reuters
A Polish pilgrim is overcome with emotion during the ceremony of beatification for late pope John Paul II on May 1, as it is broadcast live at the ancient Circus Maximus arean in Rome. Mario Laporta / AFP - Getty Images
People watch in Pope John Paul II's hometown, an open air viewing of the beatification ceremony of the late pope, in Wadowice, Poland, on May 1. Jarek Praszkiewicz / AP
A group of youths pray during a mass for the late Pope John Paul II at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City early on May 1. Alfredo Estrella / AFP - Getty Images
A believer is seen in front of the St. Stephen's Basilica during the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Budapest, May 1. Bernadett Szabo / Reuters
Nuns pray very early in the morning as they wait for the ceremony of beatification of late Pope John Paul II on May 1, at St Peter's square at The Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP - Getty Images
Polish Highlanders, carrying papal flags, ride horses on their way to the Sanctuary of Mother Mary to take part in beatification ceremonies for the late Pope John Paul II in Krzeptowki, outside of Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, on May 1. Agencja Gazeta / Reuters
A Polish priest celebrates a mass beside the reliquary containing a drop of blood of late Pope John Paul II, right, at the Lagiewniki God's Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland, May 1, after a public viewing of the beatification ceremony of the late Pope. Czarek Sokolowski / AP
A portrait of John Paul II, composed of 105,000 photographs sent in earlier by people from Poland and abroad, is displayed on the National Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw, Poland, May 1, the day of the late pope's beatification. The portrait is a reproduction of the one that was mounted in the Vatican. Measuring 55 x 26 meters and weighing 600 kilograms, the display is the biggest beatification portrait in history. Jacek Turczyk / EPA
A portrait of John Paul II, composed of 105,000 photographs sent earlier by people from Poland and abroad, is displayed at the National Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw, Poland, May 1. Jacek Turczyk / EPA
A priest waves the Vatican flag as he attends the ceremony for the beatification of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square on May 1. Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images
Faithful hold pictures of the late Pope John Paul II before the beatification mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, on May 1. Max Rossi / Reuters
People pass by a photo of late Pope John Paul II at the Old town of Krakow April 30. Pope John Paul's coffin was exhumed on Friday from the crypts below St Peter's Basilica to be placed in front of the main altar. After Sunday's beatification mass, it will remain there and the basilica will remain open until all visitors who want to view it have done so. It will then be moved to a new crypt under an altar in a side chapel near Michelangelo's statue of the Pieta. The marble slab that covered his first burial place will be sent to Poland. Peter Andrews / Reuters
The Popemobile, used by Pope John Paul II in his visit to El Salvador, drives along the streets in San Salvador on April 30. The Pope John Paul II visited El Salvador on 1993 and 1996. Catholics around the world celebrate the beatification of John Paul II, which took place May 1. Jose Cabezas / AFP - Getty Images
Pilgrims attend a prayer vigil on the eve of John Paul II's beatification ceremony in the ancient Circus Maximus venue on April 30, in Rome, Italy. Franco Origlia / Getty Images