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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

Workers in St Peter's Square prepare for Sunday's beatification (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

George Weigel says it will be several hundred years before the Church ‘takes on board’ the depth and breadth of the late pope’s teaching

John Paul II's greatest achievement was to defend the stable and objective character of Catholic teaching (Photo: CNS)

It will take 100 years to recover from the 1960s and 70s: but John Paul set us back on course

Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Blessed encounters with John Paul II

In meetings with the Polish pope over 25 years Fr Michael Collins got to see a side of him that most people never saw