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2 popes to be canonized on same day

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Monday he would canonize two of his most influential predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, on the same day next spring, a highly unusual move that was taken as a gesture designed to promote unity within the Roman Catholic Church.

The two popes, who have disparate followings among conservatives and reformers within the church, will be declared saints on April 27, Francis said.

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