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May 1, 2011
Anja Niedringhaus photo

Bishops use newspapers to shelter from the sun as they attend the beatification ceremony for late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. More than a million faithful are estimated to have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets..

Marco Ugarte photo

A man watches the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on one of two large screens projected in the Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica while waiting in Mexico City, Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.

Marco Ugarte photo

Faithful gathered at the Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica to wait for the beatification ceremony of the late Pope John Paul II to be projected on two large screens in Mexico City, Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.

Andrew Medichini photo

Cardinals kissf the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter’s Square where he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.

Anja Niedringhaus photo

A tapestry of late John Paul II is displayed on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Massimo Sestini photo

In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.

Massimo Sestini photo

In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.

Ettore Ferrari photo

Pope Benedict XVI, center, kneels in prayer in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter’s Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.

Pier Cito photo

The tapestry of John Paul II is hangs from the facade of St. Peter’s basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Pier Cito photo

Pope Benedict XVI drives through the crowd as a faithful holds up a picture of late John Paul II, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Pier Cito photo

Two nuns kiss the casket of John Paul II inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Gregorio Borgia photo

Pope Benedict XVI follows a line of prelates as he waves from his popemobile upon his arrival in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Ettore Ferrari photo

Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, personal secretary of late Pope John Paul II, second from top, leaves after praying with other Cardinals in front of the casket of John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter’s Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.

Ettore Ferrari photo

Pope Benedict XVI, center, kneels in prayer in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter’s Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful are estimated to have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.

Anja Niedringhaus photo

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, right, and sister Tobiana give Pope Benedict XVI the glass reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. The Vatican has decreed that Sister Marie Simon-Pierre’s inexplicable healing was the miracle needed to beatify John Paul, a process that will reach its culmination Sunday during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

L'osservatore Romano photo

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI kisses the glass reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II during his beatification ceremony, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.