Popes John Paul II and John XXIII To Be Canonized In April

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Pope Francis has announced that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27, 2014, reports the BBC. Polish John Paul, the first non-Italian Pope for more than 400 years, led the Catholic Church from 1978-2005 and Pope John was pontiff from 1958-1963.

The announcement for the date of the canonizations has been expected since July when Francis approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul, opening the way to the fastest canonization in modern times, the Guardian reports.

John Paul, who stood out for his friendly, globetrotting style, was a fierce critic of both communism and the excesses of capitalism, says the BBC. And while John has only been credited with one miracle since his death, he oversaw sweeping reforms to modernize the Church, says the Guardian.

John Paul II is popular among conservative Catholics while John XXIII is favored by the Church’s progressive wing. The decision to canonize the two at the same time appears designed to unify Catholics, the BBC reports.

[BBC]
[Guardian]

65 comments
Rudy Dewit
Rudy Dewit

In that case i am definitely unlike, haha

Kimberly Harding
Kimberly Harding

His miracle was getting pedo priest moved around the world without prosecution, so yeah, MIRACLE!

Marc Orr
Marc Orr

You mean 'dislike', surely? 'Unlike' means dissimilar.

john.stefanyszyn
john.stefanyszyn

Two "popes" to be confirmed as "saints"

....two popes that believed in and proclaimed "freedom of religion" for the Catholics.

But the belief in "freedom of religion" dictates that it is also RIGHT TO BE FREE to worship any 'religion', any 'god' as per one's own personal "religion".


Therefore, the two popes proclaimed that it is RIGHT TO BE FREE  to not only worship the Catholic religion but that it is also RIGHT TO BE FREE to worship any 'god'.


BUT, the One Creator God commanded to worship Only Him, whose identity is clearly defined by His Son Jesus Christ.....therefore it is disobedience and blasphemy to the Will of the One God to proclaim that it is RIGHT TO BE FREE to do as per one's own freedom, one's own self- defined rights.


Jorge Bergoglio believes that these two 'popes' are saints....but the judgement is according to the ONE AND ONLY CREATOR GOD.


...it is Only Christ that will rule in obedience according to the Will of Jehowah Elohim...and NOT according to man's first love for his "FREEDOM" will.

Richard Hayes
Richard Hayes

Ha ha ha! Humans declaring other humans "saints" isn't that cute? ESP considering the evil that catholic priests have done to the world. And lots of children

Bruno Batikobra
Bruno Batikobra

si mang kanor, kailan gagawing santo? madalas rin nakaluhod 'yun.

Apostle327
Apostle327

This is great news!  Many people don't realize the significance of this date which is Divine Mercy Sunday.  Pope John Paul II established this feast in the year 2000 saying that he had fulfilled the will of Christ.  Jesus had requested this feast and called it the Feast of Mercy.  Jesus offers us the total forgiveness of sins and punishment on this day for anyone that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on this feast.  Jesus also said that it would be the last hope of salvation.  Although, we do not know the date of Jesus' return, a person would be foolish not to prepare himself properly to stand before the Lord and to avoid damnation.

For more info see: http://www.divinemercysunday.com/Blessed_Pope_John_Paul_II_to_be_canonized_April_27,_Divine_Mercy_Sunday.htm 

James Geraghty
James Geraghty

#protector of the #Paedophile #priests hiding out in the #vatican

James Geraghty
James Geraghty

Beware of men who do not have a solid understanding of math and science #hitchslap

Robert DesVeaux
Robert DesVeaux

BTW: my Dr. says cranberry juice isn't as good as simple water.

Robert DesVeaux
Robert DesVeaux

praying to saints, is a concept I disagree w/. If one is religious, why not just pray to the boss?

Elaine N Lala
Elaine N Lala

John Paul survived two assassination attempts

Brian Stanley
Brian Stanley

Really?? The Catholic Church becomes a bigger joke with each passing day. #pedophiles

AHAebly
AHAebly

@angelamtate @TIME Whoa, that is especially fast for JP II, but they were both very influential popes so I unsay and the desire to canonize

Donald O'Halloran
Donald O'Halloran

To think this stands to knowledge a sales, and marketing excise of insufficient evidence, and fact.

David Backlin
David Backlin

JP II forgave his would-be assassin and forgave all the priests for child molestation, then sent them to new Parishes where they did it again, got forgiven again and moved again. Go and sin no more unless you're a pedophile priest, in which case, come back in a couple years to be forgiven again.

Pierre Bien-aimee
Pierre Bien-aimee

Saying all popes and priests are child molesters is generalizing tantamount to saying all men are child molesters.

Maribeth Mabalo
Maribeth Mabalo

i hope that we can go there and witnesd pope john paul declsre

Pierre Bien-aimee
Pierre Bien-aimee

No Mike, we know the saints are not gods. Their lives provide templates for us how to seek God's favor.

Htoo Myat
Htoo Myat

nope, 2 "confirmed" miracles. You need to do rum and cocacola too.

Mike Cummings
Mike Cummings

teenagers idolize rock stars, adults idolize movie stars, religious people nominate Saints in idle eyes these humans saints as gods. They prayed to them in the hope of seeking favor with the one true God. Pathetic. If I give you a billion dollars you make me a saint

Pierre Bien-aimee
Pierre Bien-aimee

In 1981, someone tried to assasinate Pope John Paul II. He survived and within days after his release from the hospital, he visited his shooter in prison. He sincerely forgave him and asked everybody to pray for him. I hope his sainthood will show people the power of forgiveness to free people from anger and pain.

BryanMoriarty
BryanMoriarty

And DID this free him and the millions of starving children from anger, hunger and pain and premature death ?

WAKE UP!