Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII

Published: Apr 27 2014 05:41:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 27 2014 07:46:56 AM EDT

Pope Francis canonized popes John Paul II and John XXIII during a Mass at the Vatican on April 27. Both popes were very popular during their reigns. John XXIII (1958-1963) was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli to a poor family in northern Italy. John Paul II (1978-2005) was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in an industrial town in Poland.

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Catholic faithful gather along Via Della Conciliazione in front of St. Peter's Square to attend the canonization ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II at the Vatican April 27, 2014.

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