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Local Masses, celebrations mark double canonization
Local Masses, celebrations mark double canonization

Hundreds of local Catholics streamed up the aisles of Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore Sunday, through incense-sweet air, to venerate the relic of a pope who visited 38 years earlier. The relic — a drop of Pope John Paul II's blood given to the church last year — took on new meaning for the faithful that day, his first as a canonized saint. John Paul II was raised up in a historic double papal canonization with Pope John XXIII in Vatican City. More than half a million pilgrims — including at least 40 from Baltimore — joined the crowd as the current pope, Francis, hailed both as "men of courage" who were not overwhelmed by the tumultuous 20th century....

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