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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

Gary Cargill and Liz Garland as Andrew and Teresa in The Jeweller’s Shop. The adaptation of an original drama by Karol Wojtyła was performed at the Leicester Square Theatre in London by Ten Ten Theatre last Wednesday

An adaptation, The Jeweller’s Shop, was performed by Ten Ten Theatre last Wednesday

John Paul II’s coffin is now in its final resting place in St Sebastian’s Chapel, inside St Peter’s Basilica. The transfer was made today after the Vatican held a private prayer service

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

Faithful cheer as they crowd St. Peter's square at the beatification of Pope John Paul II (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

John Paul II is blessed!

Pope Benedict XVI has beatified the late Pope John Paul II in Rome today

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

The giant image is unveiled days before beatification ceremony