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Beatification countdown begins

The Vatican on Monday kicked off the countdown to Pope John Paul II's beatification by posting a YouTube video of his famous first papal speech, when the Polish-born pontiff asked the Roman crowd in St. Peter's Square in 1978 to correct him if he made mistakes in Italian. The clip was one of several from the early years of John Paul's pontificate posted on the Vatican's YouTube channel and linked to on its new Facebook page ahead of the May 1 beatification in Rome.

Beatification countdown begins 03/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:55pm]
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