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White House Announces Presidential Delegation Will Attend Canonizations In April

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A presidential delegation will visit the Vatican on April 27 to attend the canonization Mass of Popes John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the White House announced in a press release.

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President, will lead the delegation, that also includes the Honorable Xavier Becerra, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and the Honorable Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs.

Popes John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized on the 27th in a ceremony at St. Peter's Square that is expected to draw more than 5 million pilgrims. The event will also be live streamed in 3-D movie theaters in 20 countries around the world and online.

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