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Double Pontiff Canonization Celebrated at Vatican

Pope Francis canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in a ceremony made more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI.

. The crowd gathered at St Peter's square during the canonization Mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II at the Vatican on April 27, 2014.

Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. Filippo Monteforte / AFP - Getty Images

. Pope Francis kisses the relic of Pope John XXIII. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

. Nuns wave as Pope Francis is driven through the crowd after presiding over the ceremony. Emilio Morenatti / AP

. A Polish pilgrim displays a souvenir of canonized Popes John Paul II and John XXIII while waiting for mass before the ceremony. Kacper Pempel / Reuters

. St. Peter's Square during the canonization ceremony at the Vatican. Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

. Pilgrims sleep inside a church near St. Peter's Square waiting to attend the ceremony. Emilio Morenatti / AP

. People kneel as they follow the Mass on a giant screen in Rome. Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images

. Tapestry portraits of Popes John Paul II and Pope Paul XXII hang above Pope Francis as he celebrates Mass during the historic double canonization ceremony for the past pontiffs. Radek Pietruszka / EPA

. The relics of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are brought to the altar. Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman whose 2011 recovery from an inoperable brain aneurism was declared the miracle needed to canonize John Paul, carried the relic of John Paul. Gregorio Borgia / AP

. Bishops attend the canonization Mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Andreas Solaro / AFP - Getty Images

. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, center, arrives in St. Peter's Square. Andrew Medichini / AP

. Belgium's Queen Paola, Belgium's King Albert II, Spain's King Juan Carlos and Spain's Queen Sofia smile before the canonization Mass. Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images

. The faithful pray during the Mass in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Giampiero Sposito / Reuters

. A Cardinal takes a picture as he arrives for the canonization Mass. Filippo Monteforte / AFP - Getty Images

. Lech Walesa, Poland's former president, center, talks to Archbishop George Gaenswein, prefect in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Gregorio Borgia / AP

. Priests prepare the Eucharist during the canonization Mass. Andreas Solaro / AFP - Getty Images

. Priests arrive in Saint Peter's Square to give communion to pilgrims after the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images

. Pope Francis, waves to pilgrims gathered in St Peters Square, following the canonization Mass. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

. Hordes of people gather in a street leading to Saint Peter's Basilica ahead of the ceremony. Massimo Percossi / EPA