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Beatification of Pope John Paul II

At 10  o’clock this morning, the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, Benedict XVI presided over the Eucharistic celebration during which Servant of God John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005) was proclaimed a Blessed. His feast day will be celebrated 22 October every year from now on.

Eighty-seven delegations from various countries, among which were five royal houses, 16 heads of state – including the presidents of Poland and Italy – and seven prime ministers, attended the ceremony.

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