Cardinals to set canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII

The Vatican this week said Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals on September 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said the date for the canonization will be announced after the meeting.

He said only Pope Francis knows for sure the date he will proclaim the two popes saints, though he already implied that it is likely to be in 2014.

Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the miracle needed for Blessed John Paul’s canonization on July 5.

Pope Francis announced last month that his two 20th century predecessors would be declared saints.

John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, drawing vast crowds as he crisscrossed the globe. The third-longest-serving pope in history, died at the age of 84 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other ailments for several years.

Pope John XXIII was famed for calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962, which ushered in great changes in the Roman Catholic Church’s relationship with the modern world. He was pope from 1958 to 1963.


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