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Sun May 1, 2011
Religion

John Paul II's Beatification A Step Closer To Sainthood

Pope John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Sunday in a solemn ceremony at the Vatican celebrated by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. As many as a million people came to Rome to take part in the event, the biggest since John Paul's funeral six years ago. Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Rome about the beatification and the controversy surrounding it.