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1.5 million attend beatification of John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI: “His example of prayer continually impressed and edified me”

At least 1.5 million attended the beatification of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 1st May.

Pope Benedict XVI, who presided over the ceremony, told the congregation that during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, “we perceived the fragrance of his sanctity” and in a number of ways, “God’s People showed their veneration for him. For this reason, with all due respect for the Church’s canonical norms, I wanted his cause of beatification to move forward with reasonable haste. And now the longed-for day has come; it came quickly because this is what was pleasing to the Lord: John Paul II is blessed!”

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Ali leads tributes to Cooper

"I am at a loss for words over the death of my friend, Henry Cooper"

Legendary heavyweight Muhammad Ali led the tributes to his "old friend" Sir Henry Cooper, who died on Sunday, describing him as "a great fighter and a gentleman".

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Osama bin Laden killed in US operation

President Obama said he authorised the operation

Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, is dead, US president Barack Obama has confirmed.

The man held responsible for the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11 2001, and the London bombings of July 7 2005, was killed in a US operation in Pakistan.

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Protecting workers' rights can prevent human trafficking, says OSCE

Victims “are often migrant workers, asylum seekers, unaccompanied and separated children”

Promotion of decent work and protection of workers' rights, including freedom of assembly and association, can help prevent and combat trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, has said.

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Pope John Paul being beatified today‎

Today, 1st May, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify his predecessor Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

At 9:00am - there will be an hour of preparation during which the faithful shall pray together the Devotion of Divine Mercy, which was introduced by St. Mary Faustina Kowalska and was dear to Blessed John Paul II. The preparation will conclude with an invocation to the Mercy of God in the world, with the hymn "Jezu ufam tobie" (Jesus, I trust in you).

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