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Former popes to be made saints on April 27

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The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. 

A combination of two pictures shows Pope John Paul II (left) and Pope John XXIII (R) celebrating a mass of Christmas Eve in the private chapel at the Vatican, on December 25,1962 and a picture taken on October 16,1978 showing cardinal Karol Wojtyla who was elected Pope John Paul II. The Vatican said on September 30, 2013 that late popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. Pope Francis made the announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory. The canonisations of two popular popes are set to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome. AFP PHOTO

Pope Francis made the historic announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory.

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