Best Moments from the Canonization of 2 Popes

PHOTO: A bishop uses his mobile phone to take photographs as he arrives for the canonization ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to start in St. Peters Square at the Vatican April 27, 2014.

Pope Francis performed a double canonization ceremony for his two predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who on Sunday were declared saints before a crowd of some 500,000 people in St. Peter's Square and nearby streets.

Benedict and Francis Embrace

The event was momentous because it was the first time two popes had celebrated at a public mass together. Pope Francis and his emeritus Pope Benedict XVI were on very friendly terms, embracing briefly during the ceremony to celebrate their predecessors.

PHOTO: Pope Francis, right, embraces his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during a ceremony in St. Peters Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014.
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PHOTO: Pope Francis, right, embraces his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Bishops Snap Selfies

Among those in attendance, 150 cardinals and 700 bishops were also there, and they have the selfies to prove it.

PHOTO: Bishops take pictures before the canonization mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peters at the Vatican on April 27, 2014.
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PHOTO: Bishops take pictures before the canonization mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peter's at the Vatican on April 27, 2014.

Francis Looks at Watch

Following the service, Francis jumped on his popemobile and rode from the square to the Tiber River, to wave and greet those who had not had the chance to see him.

Thousands of Catholics Attend

The event attracted thousands of Catholics from around the world, including royalty, heads of states, bishops and cardinals and priests and nuns, some of whom dances and sang on the streets leading up to the mass.

PHOTO: Two priests, one of them with an Ukrainian flag on his shoulders, dance in St. Peters Square at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014.
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PHOTO: Two priests, one of them with an Ukrainian flag on his shoulders, dance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Some watched on screens

An estimated 800,000 people watched the Mass in Rome, according to the Vatican press office. Those who did not make it to glimpse the ceremony in St. Peter's Square - or squeeze into the narrow streets surrounding it - watched on TV screens that had been set up in piazzas around the city.

PHOTO: Nuns wear 3D glasses to watch the screening of the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II taking place at the Vatican, at the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII,Sunday, April 27, 2014.
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PHOTO: Nuns wear 3D glasses to watch the screening of the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II taking place at the Vatican, at the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII,Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Strangers Sleep Together Under the Stars

More than one million gathered in the Vatican to witness the historic event, many crowding on the streets the night before, sleeping under the stars with strangers, to secure their spot before the big day. Others participated in all-night prayer vigils held at churches in downtown Rome.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world…

Celebrations were also held in other parts of the world, including among a predominantly Catholic community in the Philippines. Local celebrations included a parade in Manila of children dressed up in papal robes.

PHOTO: A boy dressed as a Pope, yawns as he prepares to join a parade in celebration of the canonization or the elevation to sainthood in the Vatican of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Philippines.
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PHOTO: A boy dressed as a Pope, yawns as he prepares to join a parade in celebration of the canonization or the elevation to sainthood in the Vatican of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Philippines.

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