Heaven Just Welcomed Two Well-Loved Pope Saints – Twin Canonization


I feel blessed that my generation today has witnessed the canonization of 2 rock star popes – St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII. The former I was able to see LIVE and in person back in 1995 during a World Youth Day held here in Manila, Philippines. It was an unprecedented gathering of more than 2 million in attendance! A massive crowd of delegates and believers of the church.

“We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints and we enrol them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole church,” said Pope Francis in the official proclamation at about 10.15am today in Vatican City, Rome. 4-27-14

John XXIII, he said, was a pastor to the church, “a servant leader” who had called the Second Vatican Council. John Paul II, meanwhile, was “the pope of the family”.

The Vatican said they totalled around 500,000 in St Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets, while 800,000 people were thought to have gathered for the mass in Rome as a whole.

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St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII please pray for us!

Photos are courtesy of  online/Twitter sources. Many thanks!

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