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The world gathered for two saints

· From Sotto il Monte to Wadowice to Buenos Aires ·

On Sunday, the eyes of the world turned to St Peter's Square. Not only Catholics, but also people of others faiths followed the canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. An unprecedented number of people around the world watched millions of people rejoice at this historic event, televised on five continents.

In many places, before and after the Vatica ceremony, the faithful of other countries took part in liturgical celebrations, accompanying the event with prayer. In particular Sotto il Monte and in Wadowice -- the birthplace to Roncalli and Wojtyła -- were crowed with groups of pilgrims. In the small town of Bergamo over five thousand faithful followed the live broadcast on giant screens.

The announcement of the canonization of the Pope from Bergamo was greeted with cheers, tears, cries of joy and the joyful sound of bells. In Wadowice about 6,000 pilgrims from around Poland attended the Mass celebrated in front of the parish church where the young Karol was baptized. Then, in silence they followed the live broadcast from St Peter's Square. When Francis officially gave his assent to the request for the canonization of the two Popes, the silence was broken by the cries of joy and emotion only after a few minutes those present were able to sing "Barka", a religious song very dear to John Paul II.

On the Adriatic coast of Croatia over 35,000 young Catholics met in Dubrovnik for a traditional gathering, which this year coincided with the canonization.
All of Latin America followed the canonization. In Buenos Aires, the main moment of the celebrations was the solemn Mass in the cathedral, but other initiatives, including several pilgrimages, were held in many churches throughout the country.

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