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Pilgrims amass in Poland to celebrate John Paul II

   KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- From distant Canada to small Polish towns, pilgrims
are arriving in places linked to Pope John Paul II for concerts and prayers held
on the eve of him being declared a saint.
   People are gathering on Saturday in John Paul's hometown of Wadowice, now
festively decorated in national and papal colors, and in Krakow, where Karol Wojtyl
a served as priest and bishop for more than 30 years before being chosen pope.
   The late John Paul and Pope John XXIII will be made saints Sunday in an
unprecedented Vatican ceremony that will be celebrated by Pope Francis with help
from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.
   John Paul remains special to his countrymen for having inspired the ouster of
communism from Poland and for his teaching centered on human dignity.
   AP-WF-04-26-14 1749GMT

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