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In pictures: Canonisation in Rome
St Peter's Square
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Thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square, Rome, to celebrate the creation of six new saints.
Pope passes Lebanese flag
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Lebanese Christians came to see the canonisation of their countryman, 19th-Century priest Nimatullah al-Hardini.
Portraits of the saints on display
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Portraits of the saints-to-be were hung over the square.
Tapestry of Gianna Beretta Molla
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One of them, Gianna Beretta Molla, who died after refusing an operation that would have killed her unborn child, has become a symbol of the pro-life movement.
Pope John Paul II presides over the ceremony
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Molla's is one of the more controversial of almost 500 canonisations by this pope.
Nuns blessed by John Paul II
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Nuns gathered after the ceremony to receive the pontiff's blessing.
Pope kisses small child
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The pope appeared well and rested after numerous health scares earlier in the year.
Pope greeted by prelates as he leaves ceremony
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He was greeted by prelates as he left on his popemobile.

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