Pope is joyous about beatifying John Paul II

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 16, 2011 18:14

 
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Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that everyone who knew or admired John Paul II shares his joy that he will beatify his predecessor on May 1 — a ceremony in St. Peter's Square that could bring 2 million people into Rome.

Beatification is the last major step before possible sainthood.

The ceremony, a week after Easter, is expected to draw huge crowds, according to Rome authorities rushing to ready the capital for the event. John Paul's funeral in 2005 saw nearly 3 million faithful flock to the Vatican.

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