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Pope Benedict XVI has beatified the late Pope John Paul II in Rome today

John Paul II restored to Christianity its ‘true face as a religion of hope’, says Pope Benedict XVI at beatification of his great predecessor

Crowd of 200,000 in Rome hear testimonies from John Paul II’s close friends and from the Sister cured of Parkinson’s thanks to his intercession

Suffering purified John Paul II like ‘gold in fire’, says cardinal at prayer vigil

The full text of our interview with Archbishop Vincent Nichols ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II

Archbishop of Westminster says both wedding and beatification of John Paul II celebrate a love that comes from God

The next event is a vigil at Circus Maximus tonight

His casket is placed before the tomb of St Peter

Casket is placed in front of the tomb of St Peter ahead of beatification

The giant image is unveiled days before beatification ceremony