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Pope tells world leaders at beatification to respect rights of every person

The pope welcomed and prayed with the pilgrims that were overflowing from St. Peter?s Square. He also greeted the different heads of State that were present for the beatification. Among them was the controversial dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabwe, who received a special travel permit to attend the event due to a ban on his international travels. Benedict XVIIn a particular way I welcome the distinguished civil authorities and representatives of the world?s nations who join us in honoring Blessed John Paul II. May his example of firm faith in Christ, the Redeemer of Man, inspire us to live fully the new life which we celebrate at Easter, to be icons of divine mercy, and to work for a world in which the dignity and rights of every man, woman and child are respected and promoted.” After praying the Regina Coeli, the pope entered St. Peter?s Basilica to venerate the remains of John Paul II on the altar of confessions. He was followed by the college of Cardinals and the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims waiting to pay their respects to the now blessed John Paul II. AECTV-BN