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Vatican Declares Popes John Paul II And John XXIII Saints

A mass co-celebrated by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict was watched by roughly 1 million pilgrims.

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Nearly 100 foreign delegations attended, including royal dignitaries and heads of state and government.

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Belgium's King Albert II (left) and Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia sit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27.

Some analysts say the move is an attempt to unite conservative and reformist camps within the Roman Catholic Church.

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John XXIII is seen as the pope who set off the reform movement, while John Paul II is felt to be the pope who applied the brakes.

John Paul II's canonization is one of the quickest in modern times.

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Pope Benedict waived a rule that normally requires a five-year waiting period before the preliminaries to sainthood can even begin.

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