Photos: Sainthood for two popes

Papal canonization

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Costa Rican Floribeth Mora, who claims she was cured of a serious brain condition by a miracle attributed to late Pope John Paul II, presents his relic to Pope Francis during the canonization in which John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints on April 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.

 

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