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Pope opens John Paul II, John XXIII canonization Mass

/ 04:09 PM April 27, 2014

Pope Francis asperses incense as he leads a solemn celebration in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. AP

VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis began an historic ceremony on St Peter’s Square on Sunday to confer sainthood on two of his predecessors — John Paul II and John XXIII.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was also in attendance as Francis came out on the Vatican piazza in a procession in which cardinals recited the Litany of Saints.

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