27 April 2014: Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II

On April 27, 2014 in a Missa Solemnis, Pope Francis proclaimed John XXIII and John Paul II Saints of the Catholic Church. A moment of joy and prayer for the faithful from all over the world, flowing into St. Peter's Square.


John XXIII is commonly known as the "Good Pope", a name that well reflects not only the physical features of his face, so dear to many, but especially the character of a shepherd that never failed, with a few simple words, to give comfort to those who needed it most. His fundamental historical intuition was the Second Vatican Council, opened on October 11, 1962, a turning point in the history of the Church. Pope John XXIII died on 3 June 1963 and in those sad days of farewell people fully realized why he was universally loved and how crucial his Magisterium was.

John Paul II

John Paul II was the pastor who led the church into the new millennium, and is regarded as one of the most significant and influential contemporary personalities not only for the Church but for the whole world. Just to mention some of the extraordinary achievements of his pontificate: the apostolic journeys in the world, the dialogue with other religions, the constant defense of the moral values of life and family, the special relationship with young people, his attitude to his own disease in his last years on earth.

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