Rockford Native in Rome for Canonization Ceremony

VATICAN CITY (WIFR) -- Hundreds of thousands of people fill St. Peter’s Square as two popes, who changed the course of the Catholic Church, become saints.

An estimated 800,000 people watched as Pope Francis declared John the 23rd and John Paul II saints.

John the 23rd is known for convening the second Vatican Council, while John Paul helped invigorate a new generation of Catholics.

Retired Pope Benedict also joined Pope Francis on the altar. That's the first time a reigning and retired pope has ever celebrated mass together in public.

Rockford native Janet Bedin, who met Pope John Paul II was at the Vatican for Sunday’s ceremony and says it’s a moment she'll never forget.

"Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd, being elevated into sainthood and to have in essence four popes at one time in one mass and to celebrate such an unprecedented event in the catholic church, it was overwhelming," Bedin said.

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