Pope John Paul officially beatified

Sun May 1, 2011 4:38am EDT
 
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The late Pope John Paul was officially beatified on Sunday at a ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands of people in St Peter's Square.

Pope Benedict read a Latin formula proclaiming his Polish predecessor, who died in 2005, a "blessed" of the Roman Catholic Church, the last step before sainthood.