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Pilgrims pack St. Peter's Basilica to pray before the tomb of John Paul II

2014-04-27

Thousands of pilgrims packed St. Peter's Basilica, after the canonization ceremony for John Paul II and John XXIII, to pray before their tombs.

On their feet or on their knees, people of all ages and countries stopped before John Paul II's chapel, where the word "Sanctus” features prominently on his tomb. Each person had a specific request for the saint.

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"I prayed to him because he is the saint for families. So I prayed specially for my family and for my future, that I get the right wife and I can raise my kids really good and that he helps me to build a really good, strong family and with a lot of faith.”

Many people wanted to pray before the tomb of John XXIII, but it wasn't as easy. Nonetheless, pilgrims, especially from Italy, thank the "Good Pope” for their blessings.

"There was too much confusion, but what I liked was his phrase about caressing your child. When you get home, caress your children. It gives me goosebumps. It's beautiful.”

The basilica will close it's doors at 9:30PM. Until then, thousands of people are expected to file in for their chance to pray before the tombs of two new saints. 


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