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About 200,000 people attended the vigil (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The vigil before John Paul II’s beatification was an intoxicating experience for one new convert. I wish I could have gone

Parishioners of Holy Family parish, Southampton, with Fr Des Connolly, celebrate the beatification of John Paul II

Southampton parish celebrates John Paul II becoming Blessed

Sketch for a portrait of Blessed Pope John Paul II produced by Michael Noakes following the papal visit in 1982

Portrait of Blessed John Paul drawn by artist Michael Noakes

Robert Mugabe receives Holy Communion at the beatification Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The Vatican is a Church; on what grounds can it ban someone from coming to Mass?

A giant tapestry of John Paul II is displayed on the facade of St Peter's Basilica. It was unfurled after Benedict XVI declared John Paul II to be Blessed (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Catch up on our live coverage of the vigil, beatification and thanksgiving Mass

John Paul II restored to Christianity its ‘true face as a religion of hope’, says Pope Benedict XVI at beatification of his great predecessor

Faithful hold candles at the vigil in the Circus Maximus racetrack in Rome (AP photo)

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

Cardinal Vallini spoke at the prayer vigil at the Circus Maximus in Rome on the eve of John Paul II's beatification (Eric Vandeville/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Suffering purified John Paul II like ‘gold in fire’, says cardinal at prayer vigil

Archbishop Nichols at this year's Easter Vigil in Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The full text of our interview with Archbishop Vincent Nichols ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II

Prince William makes his vows to Miss Kate Middleton    Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Archbishop of Westminster says both wedding and beatification of John Paul II celebrate a love that comes from God