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Sainthood looms for John Paul II and John XXIII

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Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome. 

Portraits of the three popes, Pope Francis (C) Pope John Paul II (R) and Pope John XXIII by Italian street artist Maupal on April 23, 2014 in Rome

The double canonisation of two of modern-day Catholicism's most influential figures will be presided over by Pope Francis and may be attended by his elderly predecessor Benedict XVI, bringing two living pontiffs together to celebrate two deceased predecessors.

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