On the second Sunday after Easter, an estimated 800,000 people congregated from all over the world to participate in the Vatican’s first double canonization, celebrating Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. About 850 cardinals and bishops, 700 priests, and 93 official delegates were in attendance. Pope Benedict also made his first public appearance since his retirement in 2013. Although the ceremony was short and sweet, the presentation of the relics and the touching speech from Saint Francis helped commemorate the lives of both leaders and religious figures. The relics, blood and a piece of John XXIII’s skin, were brought to the altar.