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Chicago area Catholics head to Rome for canonization

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NILES, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - Dozens of Chicago-area Catholics are headed to Rome to witness the canonization of two popes. One of them, Pope John Paul II, was especially beloved here because he visited Chicago in the 1970s.

The missionaries and parishioners at St. John Brebeuf in Niles will make the trip to Rome later this week. They say they are blessed to witness the historic moment.

Parishioners paraded for the pilgrims at morning mass and talked about their love for Pope John Paul II, who forged a special relationship with Chicago when he visited in 1979. Chicago Polish-Americans revere him and Catholics all over the world called him "The Great." Pope John Paul the 23rd was also highly regarded.

Parishioners emerged from mass ready to witness history.

"I think he is a wonderful Pope. I got confirmation from John Paul II when I was in Krakow as a young girl," Lucy Glod FOX 32's Joanie Lum.

"He's a wonderful Pope, I wouldn't miss this for anything in my lifetime," Pilgrim Alicia Janis said. 

Janis is 87 years old and making the trip to Rome. She says God will be with them and those taking the trip are physically and spiritually ready.

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