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The Pulse: Thousands in Rome for Papal Canonizations

New sanctions against Russia could be on the way over the Ukraine crisis; meanwhile, in Rome, hundreds of thousands gather for the canonization of two deceased popes. This is Saturday's edition of "The Pulse."
New sanctions against Russia could be on the way over the Ukraine crisis; meanwhile, in Rome, hundreds of thousands gather for the canonization of two deceased popes. This is Saturday's edition of "The Pulse."

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics are descending on Vatican City for the canonization Sunday of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. This means both former popes will become saints. People are arriving by train, plane, bus, car, and even on foot and by horse. Many of them coming from Poland, the native land of John Paul II. The Italian government is expecting nearly 1 million people in Rome for Sunday's historic ceremony, an unprecedented event as two living popes, Francis and Benedict, will be participating in the canonization of two deceased popes. And in the case of the Vatican's fast-tracking of John Paul's sainthood, the faithful will witness the canonization of a saint that lived during their lifetime.

The White House warned Russia Friday that new sanctions could come as early as Monday. It made the announcement in conjunction with the G7 countries, in response to the situation in Ukraine. The sanctions will be on individuals and businesses, but not on Vladimir Putin himself. Ukraine is set to have presidential elections next month.

President Obama is Malaysia on a diplomatic tour of Asia. It's the first time in decades an American president has visited the country. Obama spoke about new partnerships between the U.S. and Malaysia. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was also discussed. It's been seven weeks since the plane disappeared. The search is currently focusing an area in the Indian Ocean. Obama's next stop is the Philippines.

Bad weather off the South Korean coast in the Yellow Sea has forced diving missions to the sunken ferry to be suspended. The joint task force tells us efforts were suspended, but they hope it will be only be temporary. As of now, 187 people are confirmed dead from the doomed vessel. 115 people are missing. The ferry went down on April 16, with 476 people on board.

The 2014 National Rifle Association Convention kicked off Friday in Indianapolis. About 70,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day convention over the weekend. Meanwhile, gun control advocates from around the country are also gathered in Indianapolis. They want universal background checks on all gun sales and they say a majority of NRA members agree.

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