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Pope Francis Canonizes Two Predecessors

Poles Celebrate the Making of Their Latest Saint, John Paul IIi
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Jerome Socolovsky
April 27, 2014 9:08 PM
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII were canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican that was a first for the Roman Catholic Church in more than one way. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports on how people in John Paul’s native Poland followed the ceremony in Rome.
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Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, proclaimed two of his predecessors  John XXIII and John Paul II  as saints at a ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square.  

Officials say as many as one million people crowded St. Peter's and the nearby streets of Rome for the elevation-to-sainthood ceremony.  

Francis read the formal proclamation at the canonization Mass also attended by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

It is the first time two former popes have been elevated to sainthood at the same time.

Relics of the two new saints were brought to the altar during the ceremony -- John Paul's blood used in his 2011 beatification, and a small piece of John's skin taken after his body was exhumed for his 2000 beatification. Relics are used to help the faithful venerate.   
 
  • Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he is driven through the crowd after presiding over a solemn canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square, the Vatican, April 27, 2014.
  • Pope Francis greets the faithful as he is driven through the crowd along Via della Conciliazione while celebrating the ceremony for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, April 27, 2014.
  • Pope Francis kisses a relic belonging to John Paul II during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 27, 2014.
  • Nuns wave as Pope Francis is driven through the crowd after presiding over a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 27, 2014.
  • A statuette of Pope Francis is placed among desserts on sale at a cafe, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 27, 2014.
  • Two people walk in front of images of Pope John XXIII, left, and Pope John Paul II, Guatemala City, April 27, 2014.
  • A group of people wait for the Vatican's telecast ceremony to begin, Crakow, Ukraine, April 27, 2014. (Jerome Socolovsky/VOA)
  • Jacinta Hamilton, 11, came with her family from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Crakow, Poland to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II. He was a resident of Crakow for twenty years and was the first Slavic Pope in history, April 27, 2014. (Jerome Socolovsky/VOA)

Churches throughout Rome were open Saturday night, filled with pilgrims from around the world who came to witness the canonization of the two 20th century popes.  

The newly canonized popes are widely seen as representing contrasting factions of the Roman Catholic Church.

John, an Italian also known as the "Good Pope" because of his friendly and open personality, died before the Second Vatican Council ended its work in 1965, but his initiative set off one of the greatest upheavals in church teaching in modern times. 

The Council ended the use of Latin at Mass, brought in the use of modern music, and opened the way for challenges to Vatican authority, which alienated some traditionalists.

John Paul continued some of the reforms but tightened central control, condemned theological renegades and preached a stricter line on social issues.

Groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests say he did not do enough to root out a scandal that emerged towards the end of his pontificate and which has hung over the church ever since.

Both canonizations have involved some intervention with the normally strict rules governing the declaration of a saint. Francis ruled that only one miracle was needed to declare John a saint, while Benedict waived a rule that normally requires a five-year waiting period before the preliminaries to sainthood can even begin in order to speed up John Paul's canonization.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Ali from: Iran
April 27, 2014 1:27 PM
and the Catholics are wondering why people are fleeing the embrace of the catholic pedophiles...!!! what a grotesque sham..

you had better submit to the Prophet, before the sword falls on your heads.

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