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

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Rome is already making preparations to welcome around two million pilgrims

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements

By the time of his death, his greatness had become universally perceived

Pope John Paul II, creator of the World Youth Days, has been named patron for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid

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Benedict XVI has announced the beatification of Pope John Paul II, to take place on May 1

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Decree praises late pope’s steadfast faith