Newsletter 27 April 2014
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The Roman Catholic Church is set for major celebrations around the world to mark the canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Sunday.
The Vatican discussed their sainthood, saying, “Father Giovangiuseppe Califano, the postulator for John XXIII, said as a 15-year-old seminarian Angelo Roncalli was already making resolutions that were intended to help him become a saint for real. He said Pope John’s sainthood was characterized by a deep humility and he was both a shepherd and a father,” according to Vatican Radio.
“Roncalli”, he continued, “opened new horizons to the Church by convening the Second Vatican Council and was a capable communicator who by using simple every-day expressions succeeded in entering immediately into the hearts of people. Father Califano went on to explain how the words ‘obedience and peace’ were not just Roncalli’s Episcopal motto but were at the root of his sainthood as they characterized his life at the service of the Church.”
Pope John Paul II’s postulator, Monsignor Slavomir Oder, said that the two met at a university and he saw him as a “future saint” because of his prayer habits and reflections on the value of life.
“He said John Paul’s profound mysticism encouraged him to personally live out the mystery of God in his own life,” Vatican Radio reported.
“Man of God, Monsignor Oder said, is the word that truly characterizes a saint and this applies to Woytyla. He was a man who found the source of his life in God. Prayer for Karol Woytyla was his air, his water and his daily bread.
St John XXIII & St John Paul II – Pray for us