April 27, 2014 / 8:29 AM / in 3 years

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II declared saints of Catholic Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis proclaimed two of his predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II as saints of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday at a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful from around the world.

Francis read the formal proclamation at a canonization Mass which was also attended by former Pope Benedict, who resigned last year.

Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Alison Williams

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