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Crowds cheer as a statue of the newly canonized Pope John Paul II is unveiled outside a cathedral in Sarajevo. (April 30)

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - April 30, 2014

1. Mid, Cardinal unveils statue of Pope John Paull II outside cathedral

2. Close, head of statue

3. Mid, priests baptise statue

4. Mid, Priests praying outside cathedral

5. Mid, Cardinal leading prayers

6. Wide, crowd outside cathedral

7. Wide, crowd near statue

8. Mid, crowd holding picture of Pope

9. Mid, statue of Pope

STORYLINE:

Thousands of Bosnians have celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II by unveiling a statue in the heart of Sarajevo.

John Paul's support for Sarajevo's resistance to nationalist efforts to destroy the traditional inter-cultural and inter-religious fabric of the city during the 1992-95 war made him very popular among the city's predominantly Muslim population.

The crowd shouted "long live the pope" as the three meter-high statue was unveiled Wednesday in front of the cathedral.

Sarajevans endured 1,425 days under siege by Serbian forces and appreciated the pope's repeated calls for an end to their suffering.

John Paul tried to visit Sarajevo during the worst days in 1994 but cancelled because the Serbs said they wouldn't guarantee his safety.

He visited a year after the war.

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