Hundreds of Catholics in Mexico City visited relics of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Saturday, hours before the scheduled dual canonisation which will elevate both to sainthood.
Worshippers applauded, cried and prayed as they walked pass a glass case containing a wax figure of Pope John Paul II wearing a papal robe.
The relics on display include a piece of skin belonging to John Paul II inside a reliquary, the papal robe he used during his first visit to Mexico and a collection of commemorative coins.
The faithful crossed themselves as they walked past a picture of John Paul II, and some even brought framed pictures of him to be blessed by the local clergy.
The canonisation of John Paul II is drawing special attention in Latin America, reviving both warm memories of the his frequent visits to the region and controversies over sex-abuse scandals.