Monday, September 30, 2013

Official: John Paul II, John XXIII to Be Saints; Pope Sets April 27, 2014 as Date to Become Saints

Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Vatican officially confirmed today (September 30, 2013), according to the National Catholic Register website.

In a statement released this morning. the Vatican said that Pope Francis "decreed the Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy."

The Vatican said the Holy Father announced his decision at 10 a.m. at an ordinary public consistory made up of cardinals and bishops in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of mid-morning prayer.

Vatican and Rome authorities will now set to work, preparing for what is expected to be an enormous number of pilgrims taking part in the canonizations from all over the world.

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