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Never before: Historic canonisation at the vatican

Day of four popes Pope Francis (right) greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before the canonisation Mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Never before have a reigning Pope and a retired Pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honouring two of their most famous predecessors. (AFP Photo/ Osservatore Romano)

SAINT JOHN PAUL II A tapestry portrait of John Paul II hangs from the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica after the canonisation ceremony. (AFP) SAINT JOHN XXIII A tapestry portrait
of Pope John XXIII after the canonisation
Mass. (AFP)