|Vatican||JOHN PAUL II BEATIFIES TWO PREDECESSORS|
Tens of thousands of people congregated in St Peter's Square yesterday for the beatification of Popes Pius IX and John XXIII.|
While John XXIII is highly regarded by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, the Holy Father's decision to beatify Pius IX has attracted criticism from liberal Catholics and Jewish groups.
Pius IX, whose pontificate lasted from 1846 to 1878, is remembered for having forced Rome's Jews into a ghetto and forcibly baptising their children.
His major contribution was the definition of the dogma of papal infallibility.
|4 Sep 00|