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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, blesses the altar area during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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The relic containing the blood of the former Pope John Paul II was on display during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, delivers his homily overlooking a portrait of Pope John Paul II and the relic containing the blood of the former Pontiff during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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The Healy family was one of several in attendance for the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Kevin Kayser, 20, right, sits with the thurible in the back of the altar during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, sings a hymn during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminarians Brandon Brown, left, and Michael Russo, right, prepares a passage in the Holy Bible during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Michael Russo holds the Holy Bible during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, right, blesses the congregation with Holy Water during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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John Winfrey, 52, Master of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, foreground, stands for prayer during the the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Kevin Kayser, 20, right, carries a thurible during the start the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times