MANILA, Philippines --
Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of the late Pope
John Paul II on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray,
cherishing his mementoes and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican
ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.
Mexico to Australia, bells pealed in churches and cathedrals and people
erupted in applause and tears to celebrate after Pope Benedict XVI
bestowed one of the Catholic Church's greatest honors to Polish-born
Karol Wojtyla, who visited 129 countries in his 27-year papacy to become
the most-traveled pope ever.
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