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Rome and Paris honor memory of Joan of Arc in church celebrations

By International News Service

ROME -- A great crowd that filled the mammoth edifice since dawn attended the celebration by Pope Benedict yesterday of the canonization of Joan of Arc in the historic St. Peter's cathedral.

The Pontiff was received at the entrance to the basilica by Cardinal Merry del Val, archpriest of St. Peter's, with the Vatican chapter.

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One hundred and forty descendants of the family of Joan of Arc, belonging to all ranks of life and coming from all parts of France were present. Three times as many applied for seats as relatives of the French heroine's family, but their claims were not admitted.

The function itself was the greatest and most impressive under the administration of not only the present Pontiff, but for centuries past. Roman aristocracy, high church dignitaries and leading diplomats occupied places of honor. Diego von Bergen, the German ambassador, made his first appearance at a function. A magnificent choir sang "Tu Es Petrus."


PARIS -- All churches in Paris observed the canonization of Joan of Arc yesterday. Floral wreaths were laid at the foot of the statues of France's heroine in the Place St. Augustine and Place Rivoli. There was a most impressive service in the historic Notre Dame cathedral.

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