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Rome Prepares for the Canonization of Two Popes
Today, April 17, marks ten days before the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Millions of visitors are expected to come to witness the big event. This will be a nightmare of logistics, definitely bigger than the beatification of John Paul II three years ago.
And it is not only the City State of the Vatican that prepares but also Italy, as it receives far more than its usual number of visitors. The city government of Rome, in particular, will be kept on its toes these coming days. The posters on the canonization of the two popes is one way to communicate this event (photos nos. 1-4) to its residents.
In the past, the city has featured popes in its own advertisements, as for example, in the beatification of Pope John Paul II in May 2011 (photo no. 5), in gratitude to Pope Benedict after renouncing the papacy in February 2013 (photo no. 6), and in welcoming Pope Francis in March 2013 (photo no. 7). These are points of convergence between these two entities. We have the more permanent Via della Conciliazione (photo no. 8) where the nation of Italy meets the Vatican City State at the threshold of Saint Peter's Square. On April 27, these will all be covered with people from all over the world.