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May 1st, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Poles already think of John Paul II as a saint

Krakow, Poland (CNN) - For many Poles, John Paul II's beatification simply confirms what they already knew. They thought him a saint already, the very fact of his papacy a blessing for Poland.

At the Sanctuary for Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, Krakow, around 50,000 people braved the rain to watch the beatification ceremony live from the Vatican. The organizers had expected higher turnout in Krakow.

Watch CNN's Diana Magnay's report above, and read her full story here

- CNN Belief Blog

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

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dino

    Viva Pope John Paul II a man for all seasons. Yes he is already a saint for us in Africa. Dino

    May 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Artist

      Yes he is a saint, he sup ported and con do ned child r a p e. Figures ...pol lo ck s

      May 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  2. JEN

    WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO ELECT A FEMALE AS A POPE. THEY CAN BRING IN MORE MONEY. MY FIRST CHOICE IS MS. FITNESS. SHE CAN BRING IN A LOT OF ATTENTION

    May 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  3. Elite

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjnltxaPDyE&w=640&h=390]

    May 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  4. ICEMAN

    i can tell you where you can put that poll, as the ROCK would say up all ya POPE JOHN PAUL A$$EZ

    May 2, 2011 at 5:15 am |
  5. Tony Rozycki

    How did that work out for you last time?

    May 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
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