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The pope's photographer
Gianni Giansanti took this close-up of the Holy Father in 1994.
April 30th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

The pope's photographer

Time.com presents a retrospective of the late Italian photographer Gianni Giansanti, who spent 30 years covering the Vatican and chronicled the life and death of Pope John Paul II. Launch the gallery at Time.com

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

April 30th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Pope John Paul II's path to sainthood

Former Pope John Paul II will be beatified Sunday, but not without some controversy, as CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification
Bishop James Harvey welcomes Robert Mugabe before the funeral of Pope John Paul II on April 8, 2005.
April 30th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification

From Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.

The Vatican did not personally invite Mugabe to the Sunday event, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press office.

But a diplomatic relationship exists between Zimbabwe and the Vatican, a sovereign state that is not a member of the European Union.

Read the full story about Mugabe's visit

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican • Zimbabwe

April 30th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Chicago family credits Pope John Paul II with personal miracle

By Elizabeth Chmurak, CNN

(CNN) - Christopher Lukasik was building shelves when a metal rod hit his eye, tearing about a third of his optic nerve fibers and leaving everybody from his doctors to his family wondering whether he would ever see again.

Lukasik's mother began to pray to Pope John Paul II, who will be beatified Sunday. The ceremony at Vatican City is the penultimate step towards the late pontiff's sainthood.

"All I could think about is to pray to Pope John Paul II. I just felt him with me and I knew he would be the one that would heal my son," said 67-year-old Joanna Lukasik of Chicago, who grew up near the late pontiff's hometown of Wadowice, Poland. "I was driving to the hospital and I was begging him and crying and begging him to save his vision and that's what happened."

Doctors say he was lucky. Lukasik's mother says it was a miracle.

FULL POST

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Illinois • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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