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Poland: Pilgrims ecstatic on eve of Pope John Paul II's sainthood01:14

Poland: Pilgrims ecstatic on eve of Pope John Paul II's sainthood

Poland, Wadowice
April 26, 2014 at 00:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Poland: Pilgrims ecstatic on eve of Pope John Paul II's sainthood

Catholic pilgrims from across the world flocked to the hometown of late Pope John Paul II, on the eve of the late Pope's canonisation, Saturday. Close to the childhood home of John Paul II, people laid down wreaths, lit candles and attended mass in the Basilica Wadowice ahead of the all-night vigil later this evening to honour the pontiff.

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla in 1920, will be declared a saint at the Vatican Sunday less than a decade since his death in 2005. Up to one million Catholics are expected to attend the ceremony of his canonisation, falling on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, a religious holiday he established.

Pope John Paul II was beatified in 2011, receiving official recognition from the Catholic church of a deceased person's entrance into heaven.

Poland: Pilgrims ecstatic on eve of Pope John Paul II's sainthood01:14
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Poland: Pilgrims ecstatic on eve of Pope John Paul II's sainthood

Catholic pilgrims from across the world flocked to the hometown of late Pope John Paul II, on the eve of the late Pope's canonisation, Saturday. Close to the childhood home of John Paul II, people laid down wreaths, lit candles and attended mass in the Basilica Wadowice ahead of the all-night vigil later this evening to honour the pontiff.

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla in 1920, will be declared a saint at the Vatican Sunday less than a decade since his death in 2005. Up to one million Catholics are expected to attend the ceremony of his canonisation, falling on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, a religious holiday he established.

Pope John Paul II was beatified in 2011, receiving official recognition from the Catholic church of a deceased person's entrance into heaven.

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