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A giant tapestry of late Pope John Paul II is unveiled on the facade of St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

A giant tapestry of late Pope John Paul II is unveiled on the facade of St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Pope John Paul II: A step closer to Sainthood

Catholics around the world celebrate as the late Pope John Paul II was proclaimed as 'Blessed' by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. John Paul, who was the first non-Italian pontiff in 450 years, initiated the World Youth Day to bring the youth closer to God. Photos by Associated Press and Getty Images.