Italian police estimated the size of the crowd at Saint Peter's Basilica and at other locations around Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II at more than 1 million persons.
I am posting these photos from the Holy See Press Office. The esplanade was decorated with flowers, trees and plants for today's Mass of beatification. As the crowds disperse following the Mass of beatification young people visible here from the Diocese of Rome are helping with crowd control. The press of people in Saint Peter's Square made exit difficult.
Priests in the hundreds were seated where the esplanade meets the Square. The day began cloudy and cool but quickly turned hot. Many pilgrims took refuge under umbrellas to prevent excessive "sun bath".
Click here to view the video of some of the thousands who are passing in procession to venerate the remains of Blessed John Paul II in Saint Peter's Basilica until early Monday.