Local church holds ceremony for Pope John Paul II

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A special ceremony was held locally at Holy Trinity Catholic Church to celebrate Pope John Paul II's beatification. The church's pastor led a procession from the Holy Trinity School to the church next door.

Father John Mikalajunas met Pope John Paul II seven times, even celebrating mass in the Pope's private chapel three times.

He says the church also celebrated first communion on Sunday for some of the church's youngest members. The church also blessed a banner of Pope John Paul II during its ceremonial mass.

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