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Faithful prepare for Pope John Paul II's beatification

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Pilgrims attend a prayer vigil on the eve of John Paul II Beatification ceremony in the ancient Circus Maximus venue on April 30, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Pope John Paul II will be beatified by Benedict XVI in a ceremony at the Vatican tomorrow.

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Young believers participate in a prayer vigil at the Saint Andrea della Valle church in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of late pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Thousands of pilgrims thronged Rome amid tight security on the eve of a grand ceremony that the Vatican called a "Feast of Faith" to bring late pope John Paul II close to sainthood.

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Young believers arrive for a prayer vigil at the Saint Andrea della Valle church in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of late pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Thousands of pilgrims thronged Rome amid tight security on the eve of a grand ceremony that the Vatican called a "Feast of Faith" to bring late pope John Paul II close to sainthood.

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This handout picture released on April 30, 2011 by the Italian Polizia di Stato shows a helicopter of the Italian police flying over the Circus Maximus arena during a prayer vigil on the eve of late Pope John Paul II's beatification. Thousands of pilgrims thronged Rome amid tight security on the eve of a grand ceremony that the Vatican called a "Feast of Faith" to bring late pope John Paul II close to sainthood. At right is the Colosseum.

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Pilgrims hold candles and wave Poland's flags at the ancient Circus Maximus arena during a prayer vigil on April 30, 2011 in Rome.

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children hold candles during a prayer vigil at the ancient Circus Maximus Arena in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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A nun waits in the crowd at the ancient Circus Maximus arena prior a prayer vigil on April 30, 2011 in Rome.

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A nun dances with a pilgrim near St Peter's square at The Vatican on April 30, 2011 on the eve of the beatification of late pope John Paul II.

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A nun stands at St Peter's square at The Vatican on April 30, 2011 on the eve of the beatification of late pope John Paul II.

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Polish pilgrims from the dioces of Krakow hold candles during a prayer vigil at the ancient Circus Maximus Arena in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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Pilgrims stand in front of a banner which translates as "Sainthood Quickly" during a prayer vigil at the ancient Circus Maximus Arena in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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Pilgrims kneel to pray in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, April 30, 2011, a day before late Pope John Paul II's beatification.

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Pilgrims celebrate at the ancient Circus Maximus arena prior a prayer vigil on April 30, 2011 in Rome.

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Crowds of pilgrims gather in front of a screen showing images of the late Pope John Paul II at the ancient Circus Maximus Arena in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of his beatification.

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A view of the stage at the ancient Circus Maximus arena during a prayer vigil on April 30, 2011 in Rome.

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Pilgrims hold candles during a prayer vigil at the ancient Circus Maximus Arena in Rome on April 30, 2011, on the eve of the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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French nun Marie Simon-Pierre, left, takes place with the former pope's spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls on stage at the ancient Circus Maximus arena prior a prayer vigil on April 30, 2011 in Rome.

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