Vatican's canonisation of two popes a signal that renewal they set in motion will continue
SEVERAL memories stand out for me from the days in Rome in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II. I was covering the event for this newspaper.
The first was when the enormous queue first began to form on Via della Conciliazione, the avenue running down from St Peter's Square, to view his body as it lay in St Peter's Basilica. People waited for up to 24 hours for their turn to pay their respects.
But on that first day a group of Sikhs in their turbans were near the very top of the queue. They were neither Catholic nor Christian and I was curious to find out why they were there. They told me they were there "because John Paul was a man of God".