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Pilgrims were issued tickets to attend the canonization.
A pilgrim watches in silence.
Pope Benedict XVI gives communion to Sister of Providence Mary Lois Hennel.
Pilgrims listen quietly during the homily.
General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson, Phil McCord, and Sister Marie Kevin Tighe carry the gifts in the offertory procession.
Sister Nancy Reynolds speaks during the service.
The three former general superiors, Sisters Nancy Nolan, Ann Margaret O’Hara and Diane Ris, carry relics in the procession.
A troupe of photographers move to another viewpoint after the Pope made his way to the altar.
Individuals showed their support for a saint with signs, flags and colored scarves.
Sister Donna Marie Fu reads Mother Theodore’s words in Chinese.
Sister Paula Damiano reads the words of Mother Theodore.
The banners representing each person being canonized hung from St. Peter’s. Mother Theodore is to the right.
St. Peter’s Square was filled with people sitting and standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
The Terre Haute media (Susan Dinkel from WTHI on the left and Jon Swaner from WTWO on the right) joined the pilgrimage.
Jessie Blessinger and other pilgrims are interviewed by the Indianapolis Star.
The lines for the canonization Mass started forming at 4:30 a.m.
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