Monday, 28 April 2014

POPE JOHN XXIII AND POPE JOHN PAUL II CANONISED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (PHOTOS)





 The biggest event in the Vatican since the inauguration of Pope Francis took place on Sunday, yesterday,-‏The double canonization of two Popes.  From popes to sainthood

 24 head of states and one million people were alleged to have been in attendance at St.Peters Square and as many as 150 cardinals and 1000 bishops were in attendance.
History is made as two living Popes Canonize two dead Popes!!
Both popes were Canonized today being the of feast divine mercy.








Pope Francis has declared two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, saints of the Roman Catholic church.

During the official proclamation at about 10.15am Sunday, Pope Francis paid tribute to "two men of courage" who he said had "co-operated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church". He said:

    "We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints and we enrol them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole church. They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them.

John XXIII, he said, was a pastor to the church, "a servant leader" who had called the Second Vatican Council. John Paul II, meanwhile, was "the pope of the family". Pope Francis said he hoped the two new saints would intercede with God "so that … [the church] may be open to the Holy Spirit in pastoral service to the family".

Carrying flags, backpacks and rolled foam mattresses, over 500,000 pilgrims from all over the world had flocked into Vatican City overnight to attend the unprecedented double-canonisation mass in St Peter's Square.















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