Vatican proclaims two popes saints in packed ceremony

Pope Francis has proclaimed John XXIII and John Paul II, two of the great popes of the 20th century, saints today in a double canonization front of thousands of people in Vatican City, Rome.

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Pilgrims bed down for the night ahead of canonisation

Thousands of pilgrims are bedding down for the night in Vatican City ahead of tomorrow's canonisation of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Faithful lie in sleeping bags as they stay overnight near the Vatican in Rome. Credit: REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito
The pilgrims get cozy ahead of the canonisation Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Credit: REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

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