Anticipation mounts ahead of the Vatican's double canonization
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 01:41
April 25 - The Vatican is filling with a sense of anticipation ahead of the canonization ceremony of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Gavino Garay reports.
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Ahead of a historic double cannonization, in which Pope Francis will declare two of his predecessors saints, Italians aren't the only ones gearing up for the festivities.
This Polish marathoner made the run on foot all the way from former Pope John Paul II's hometown in Poland, to the Vatican.
(SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH MARATHON RUNNER PIOTR KURYLO SAYING:
"I wanted to come here for the canonisation because I love my pope. I even have a car but I wanted to run. My passion is running...I always knew that our pope was a saint. Now it's only going to be official. Everything he did in his life always made him a saint."
But not all of the festivities were so spirited.
A statue honoring Pope John Paul II collapsed on a young man in Italy and killed him.
And while security is tight in the area in and around the Vatican, anticipation mounts as the pilgrims are beginning to pour in.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH PILGRIM ALFONSO PASTOR SAYING:
"I think Pope Francis is a special pope he is doing things out of the norm from what has been done so far by the church. He is stupendous, he has encouraged many people to come to Rome, I am sure it is always full, the canonization will be beautiful."
Over one million people are to make it here to St. Peter's Square to see Pope Francis declare Pope John XXIII and John Paul II, saints.
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