NEWS STORY: Pope Beatifies Popes John XXIII and “Slandered’’ Pius IX

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c. 2000 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In a solemn ceremony clouded by controversy, Pope John Paul II on Sunday (Sept. 3) beatified Pope John XXIII and his “much loved but also hated and slandered” 19th century predecessor, Pius IX. Some 100,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on a warm, sunny morning for […]

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