Newsletter 20 April 2014
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CANONISATION OF POPES
JOHN XXIII & POPE JOHN PAUL II
Recognising that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis will declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony next Sunday, April 27 in the Vatican.
The Holy Father made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an “ordinary public consistory,” a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two sainthood candidates.
The testimonies of their lives, “completely dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, shine in the church and reverberate in the history of the world as examples of hope and light,” the cardinal said.
Blessed John Paul, known as a globetrotter who made 104 trips outside Italy, served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul beatified him in 2000.
The ceremony will be on EWTN, (check as RTE may be showing it as well) from 9am.
To celebrate and mark this wonderful event, the 12 noon Mass in Holy Cross Tramore on Sunday 27 April 2014, will be a Solemn Latin Mass in Commemoration of these two Popes and to celebrate their canonisation.