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Caption: People walk in front of a painting depicting Blessed John Paul II at a church in Rome April 22. Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Paul and Blessed John XXIII April 27. (CNS/Reuters)
People walk in front of a painting depicting Blessed John Paul II at a church in Rome April 22. Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Paul and Blessed John XXIII April 27. (CNS/Reuters)
Many of today's papal 'traditions' were Blessed John Paul's innovations

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The first anniversary of Pope Francis' election brought stories highlighting the unique style he has brought to the papacy. Maybe people have forgotten how much of what passes today for papal "tradition" was actually an innovation of Pope John Paul II.

Frequent parish visits? Check. Joking with and leading a big crowd in a chant? Check. Sneaking out of the Vatican? Wait, that was Blessed John Paul who'd head out to go skiing or hiking. Pope Francis categorically denied in February that he had ever snuck out of the Vatican.
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Caption: Workers erect a media platform outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 22 in preparation for the April 27 canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Workers erect a media platform outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 22 in preparation for the April 27 canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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