Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pope Francis Canonizes Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

L-R: Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were declared saints today
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Pope Francis in a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II today the Divine Mercy Sunday, dear to both the newly proclaimed saints. Pope John XXIII had died fifty years ago and Pope John Paul II nine.
Present for the ceremony today were almost a million spectators and devotees as well as about a hundred foreign delegates ranging from heads of state, government and royal dignitaries and ecclesiastical officials, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, reports

In his homily, Pope Francis “highlighted the importance of the Second Vatican Council. How these two Popes had cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church while keeping the features which the saints have given Her down the centuries.”

Pope John XXIII hails from Sotto il Monte in the Diocese of Bergamo in northern Italy and Pope John Paul II comes from Wadowice in the Archdiocese of Kracow in Poland. 

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