This official Vatican medal commemorates the Apostolic travel of Pope John Paul II to Madrid on May 3-4 2003, and the canonization of 2 priest and 3 nuns.
A massive crowd in the shape of a cross gathered around Pope John Paul II on Sunday as he proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate them.
A congregation estimated at one million people spread out along four boulevards intersecting at Plaza de Colon, where a huge white altar was erected for the canonization Mass.
The ceremony honored two priests and three nuns, 20th century Spaniards honored for their work with the poor. Giant pictures of the five hung from an office building overlooking the plaza.
“We inscribe them in the book of the saints, and establish that in all the church they be devoutly honored among the saints,” the pope said in Spanish.
Later, in his homily, John Paul said: “Beloved Catholics of Spain, let yourselves be inspired by these marvelous examples.”
He urged Spain's Catholics to embrace the faith. “Christian and Catholic faith constitute the identity of the Spanish people,” he said.
The canonization was the centerpiece of ailing John Paul's weekend visit, his fifth to Spain and first outside Italy in nine months.
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