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In pictures: Pope's 83rd birthday
Two nuns present Pope John Paul II with a bowl and crucifix during a solemn Mass to proclaim four new saints
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Pope John Paul II marked his 83rd birthday with a ceremony in St Peter's Square to canonise four new saints.
Pope John Paul II arrives on his popemobile
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The pontiff arrived aboard his trademark popemobile
St Peter's Square in Rome, 18 May 2003
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There was jubilation and cheering among the tens of thousands in the crowd
Pope John Paul II speaks with children
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The pope - who suffers from Parkinson's disease - looked fitter and happier than in recent months
Pope John Paul II
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He smiled back as he the crowd chanted "Sto lat" in his native Polish, meaning "May you live a 100 years".
Pilgrims hold a banner with a caricature of Pope John Paul II saying Papa Giovane, Cuore dei Giovani (A Young Pope, Heart of Youth).
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The crowd also sang Happy Birthday and held banners wishing the Pope good health.
From left to right: the relics of the four new saints: Italy's Maria De Mattias, Poland's Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Poland's Ursula Ledochowska and Italy's Virginia Centurione Bracelli
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He created four new saints - two Poles and two Italians - holding them up as models for Christians today





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