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People sit outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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A couple wearing raincoats pray outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A nun wearing a raincoat reads the Holy Bible as she sit outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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People sit in a street just outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Believers pray in Santa Maria in Montesanto church, in Rome, Saturday.

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A believer lights a candle in Santa Maria in Montesanto church, in Rome, Saturday.

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Workers gives the last touches to the tapestry portraying Pope John XXIII, hanged on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A man wears a flag depicting Pope John Paul II outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns watch pilgrims from a window outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns watch pilgrims from a window outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A pilgrim sits in the rain outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A man wears a flag depicting Pope John Paul II while walking outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims dance outside of Sant'Agnese in Agone church in piazza Navona, Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims gather outside the Sant'Agnese in Agone church in piazza Navona, Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims hold flags bearing pictures of Pope John Paul II during a vigil prayer in the Sant'Agnese in Agone church in piazza Navona, Rome, Saturday.

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A pilgrim holds a picture of Pope John Paul II during a vigil prayer inside Sant'Agnese in Agone church in piazza Navona, Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims hold a flag portraying Pope John Paul II during a vigil prayer in the Sant'Agnese in Agone church in piazza Navona, Rome, Saturday.

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A man walks outside St. Peter's Square during a rainfall at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims shelter from the rain outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A pilgrim wearing a traditional outfit walks outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims enjoy their breakfast at a tented camp set up at the Knights Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims enjoy their breakfast at a tent camp set up at Knights Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims get up from their tents set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Father Jonathan D. Kalisch, from New Haven, CT, prepares the altar for a mass at a tented camp for Polish pilgrims set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims gather at a tented camp set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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A Polish boy sits in a tent set up at a tented camp at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims wear shirts with a drawing of John Paul II at a tented camp set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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A Polish pilgrim looks at a shirt with a drawing of John Paul II at a tented camp set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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A Polish pilgrim wears a shirt with a drawing of John Paul II as he leaves his tent set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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Polish pilgrims gather at a tented camp set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome, Saturday.

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A priest stands in one of the entrances of the Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church decorated with portraits of late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII during a mass in Rome, Saturday.

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Nuns walk towards St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014.

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Pilgrims from the Czech Republic arrive in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims sit in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims sit and rest in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims rest in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014. .

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Worshipers wait for the start of a mass for late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) in Rome, Saturday.

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A worshiper holds a photo of Pope John Paul II during a mass in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) in Rome, Saturday.

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Worshipers gather in front of one of the entrances of the Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church decorated with portraits of late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII during a mass in Rome, Saturday.

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A nun takes a photo as she and others walk towards St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A Roman catholic priest, back to camera, listens to a man's confession during a mass for late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church, in Rome, Saturday.

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Worshipers rest inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A Polish nun holds a portrait of late Pope Pope John Paul II in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A portrait of late Pope Pope John Paul II is held up by Polish nuns in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A group of priests from a seminar in Lugano, Switzerland, have a lunch break under Bernini's colonnade, at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A woman fron Cameroon, wearing a robe with an image of late Pope John Paul II, stands in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A faithful from Mexico holds a large drawing of John Paul II as she stands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns shelter themselves from the sun as they sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims and faithful crowd Via Della Conciliazione avenue which leads to St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, seen in the background, Saturday.

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Nuns walks past pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A street vendor stands near a shop selling religiuos items at Borgo Pio street near the Vatican, Saturday.

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A group of faithful from Poland pray in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns and faithful from Mexico sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Priests sing and dance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A worshiper prays in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Priests sing in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A girl sits on a lamp post in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Faithful rest in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Faithful, one of them holding a flag with a portrait of late pope John Paul II, sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A group of faithful pray in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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The tapestry of late Pope John Paul II hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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The tapestry of late Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, right, hang from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Pilgrims crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Priests dance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Two priests, one of them with an Ukrainian flag on his shoulders, dance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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The Roncalli family from Carate Brianza, Italy, poses with St. Peter's Basilica in background, in Rome, Saturday. Massimo, third from left, who claims his grandfather Stanislao, who lived in Sotto il Monte, was a cousin of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Pope John XXIII, came with his family to Rome on occasion of the Canonization ceremony. Other members of the family are, from left, Edoardo, Laura, Tommaso, on Massimo's shoulders, and Matteo.

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A child stand in the rear of a van adorned with a picture of late Pope John Paul II in Rome.

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A nun holds a plastic bag adorned with a picture of late Pope John XXIII next to St. John in Lateran Basilica in Rome, Saturday.

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Faithful and pilgrims crowd St. John in Lateran Basilica prior to the start of a mass in Rome, Saturday.

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Faithful and pilgrims crowd St. John in Lateran Basilica during a mass in Rome, Saturday.

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A portrait of late Pope John Paul XXIII is displayed on the facade of the St. John in Lateran Basilica in Rome, Saturday.

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Faithful cheer and sing in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns hold up pictures of late Pope John Paul II, top left, and Pope John XXIII, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns pose for a photo in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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People wearing raincoats sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Maria Notre Dame de Rouen, from USA, arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Joanna Osowska, 23, from Poland, sits in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Nuns, one of the holding a photo of late pope John Paul II, pose for a photo in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A man kneels in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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Faithful are gathered in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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A woman kneels in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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Faithful kneel in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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A nun kneels in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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Nuns kneel in prayer during a vigil mass in Rome's St. Paul's Basilica, Saturday.

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A picture of late Pope John Paul II is placed at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, Saturday.

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A woman prays as she holds a rosary beads outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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A man wearing a raincoat prays outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday.

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Women carry a framed image of Jesus as they walk in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral decorated with a portrait of late Pope John Paul II in Mexico City, Saturday.

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A man walks in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral decorated with a portrait of late Pope John XXIII in Mexico City, Saturday. John XXIII left a deep mark in Latin America after he promoted changes within the Catholic Church that prompted priests to get closer to the faithful. Many say that encouraged "liberation theology," a left-leaning, activist trend among priests eager to help the poor.

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People walk in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral decorated with portraits of late Pope John Paul II, right, and John XXIII in Mexico City,. The canonization of Pope John Paul II is drawing special attention in Latin America, reviving both warm memories of his frequent visits to the region and debate over his handling of sex-abuse scandals.

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Pilgrims and faithful are gathering in Rome and around the world to attend Sunday's ceremony at the Vatican where Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood.
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