NUN KISSES POPE'S HAND DURING BEATIFICATION CEREMONY.
A nun kisses the hand of Pope John Paul II during a beatification ceremony in St. Peter's Square May 10. Twelve persons were beatified, including ten Spanish nuns who were killed in the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. Beatification is the penultimate step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope has beatified more than 230 such victims of the Spanish Civil War.