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Milwaukee area Catholics celebrate historic canonization in Rome

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VATICAN CITY (WKOW) -- It was a historic day in Vatican City as two of the Catholic church's former holy fathers became saints.

Sunday was deemed the "Day of Four Popes" as Pope Francis, with the help of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, held an unprecedented canonization ceremony for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

About 8-thousand people gathered around St. Peter's Square to watch the ceremony, including a group from the Milwaukee area. They'll spend another day in Rome to tour the Vatican and other landmarks before returning home.

Here in Wisconsin, Catholics celebrated the canonization too. A parish in Milwaukee changed its name from Blessed John Paul II to Saint John Paul II after Sunday's elevation.

"Everyone's excited to see this happen and to be a part of it," says Bob Lynch, a parish member. "I think it's a very historic event for not only our parish but the Catholic church and the world."

During Sunday's mass, the portrait of Saint John Paul was blessed along with a piece of the pope's cassock.

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