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Crowd of 200,000 in Rome hear testimonies from John Paul II’s close friends and from the Sister cured of Parkinson’s thanks to his intercession

The next event is a vigil at Circus Maximus tonight

His casket is placed before the tomb of St Peter

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

Rome is already making preparations to welcome around two million pilgrims