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It’s official: Pope Francis declares John XXII and John Paul II to be ‘blessed saints’

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints (via AFP) Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church’s newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history. “We declare and define…

Vatican makes history with canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

Catholics from around the world gathered in the Vatican on Sunday for a mass presided by Pope Francis to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII -- two influential popes who helped shape 20th century history. Thousands thronged St Peter's Square……

Giant John Paul II crucifix falls and instantly crushes young man to death in Italy

An Italian man was crushed to death on Wednesday by a giant crucifix honouring John Paul II that collapsed during a ceremony ahead of the late pope’s canonisation. A piece of the 30-metre (98-foot) high wooden cross fell during the event near an Alpine village, killing the young man on…

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