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Vatican to Canonize Popes John Paul II, John XXIII Next Year

In a Sept. 15, 1987 file photo, Pope John Paul II walks among young people at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.
In a Sept. 15, 1987 file photo, Pope John Paul II walks among young people at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.
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The Vatican says the late Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints in a joint ceremony on April 27, 2014.

Pope Francis made the announcement Monday during a meeting of cardinals at the Vatican.

The Polish Pope John Paul II and Italian Pope John XXIII are two of the 20th century's most influential Church leaders. The decision to canonize them together is seen by many as an attempt to bridge a divide within Catholicism as each pope has their admirers and critics.

Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in four centuries, led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005 - during the fall of communism, including in his native country of Poland. He is credited with curing a Costa Rican woman with severe brain injury and healing a French nun of Parkinson's disease.

FILE - Pope John XXIII blesses spectators as he is carried on a portable throne to St. Paul's Basilica in Rome, Jan. 25, 1959.FILE - Pope John XXIII blesses spectators as he is carried on a portable throne to St. Paul's Basilica in Rome, Jan. 25, 1959.
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FILE - Pope John XXIII blesses spectators as he is carried on a portable throne to St. Paul's Basilica in Rome, Jan. 25, 1959.
FILE - Pope John XXIII blesses spectators as he is carried on a portable throne to St. Paul's Basilica in Rome, Jan. 25, 1959.
​Pope John XXIII was pontiff from 1958 through 1963.

He is credited with organizing the Second Vatican Council, which overhauled the Church's rituals, and with reaching out to other faiths.

Only one miracle, the curing of an Italian nun, is associated with Pope John. 

Current Pope Francis waived the customary rules requiring a second miracle for sainthood.

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by: Herb Kilian from: Downers Grove IL
September 30, 2013 12:29 PM
Based on the above, every doctor should be canonized, they heal people every day. This pope may have been a good man but he was made of the same stuff as all of us. Miracles need scientific proof and not one "miracle" has passed that test.

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by: Joe
September 30, 2013 2:04 PM
Below is a link to a description of a miracle validated by science, in that there is no scientific explanation for the cure.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/lourdes-officially-records-69th-miracle/

Whether you believe that it was a miracle from God or not, you cannot claim that there are no miracles. A miracle is a phenomenon that is unexplained by science and attributed to God. It is not for an individual to tell someone else that there are "no miracles," because there are in fact phenomenon unexplained by science (the above link is an example), and no one has any right to tell someone that they are not allowed to believe that the scientifically unexplained phenomenon came from God. Freedom of belief is a good thing, and in my opinion should not be downplayed, mocked, or infringed upon by a government or individuals.

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