Both John XXIII and John Paul II will be officially declared saints on Sunday, April 27 by Pope Francis. But it’s Francis who deserves the greatest praise for pulling off a “bipartisan” victory.
Faith and Justice: As the Catholic church prepares to celebrate the double canonization, I feel like a party pooper because I think canonizing popes is a dumb idea.
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
What will the images of St. John Paul II bring to mind as inspirations for those of us still on our pilgrim's way?
Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on Sunday in the first double papal canonization. Here's a quick guide to making saints in the Roman Catholic church:
"We Europeans represent a form of Christianity that sometimes seems to be tired," Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said. African Christianity "shines as a beacon, as an example for other continents."
Frequent NCR contributor Jason Berry has written a piece for Global Post examining the routes to canonization taken by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Read it here: A tale of two soon-to-be saints, John XXIII and John Paul II.
Commentary: As two Catholics sometimes pigeonholed as liberal and conservative but who love our church in equal measure, we're grateful for this moment in church history.
Next Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors, Bl. Pope John XXIII and Bl. Pope John Paul II. Like my colleague Fr. Tom Reese, S.J., I am not much of a fan of papal canonizations, although I am at least ambivalent. In the “contra” column, the qualities that make for saintliness are not always the ones needed in a pope. In the “affirmative” column, I do not doubt that both men were saintly in many ways and I like the idea of the Church proclaiming that men whose faults were well known are nonetheless capable of sainthood. There is hope for us all.
Angelo Roncalli sounds like any one of us, and yet, he will be a saint. What does this mean in his life and in ours?