Pope Francis, with Retired Pope, Canonizes Saints John and John Paul
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.
"They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century," the pope said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square. "They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful."
Blog Posts About the Canonizations of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II
The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 marked a historic moment for the Catholic Church. To explore the meaning of the lives of these modern-day spiritual heroes, the U.S. Bishops Office for Media Relations asked several persons to reflect on their contributions. Writers include scholars and theologians – Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish – and media personnel involved in coverage of the much traveled John Paul II. Each could have written a book, but we limited them to the brief reflections presented here.
Looking Back to Seminary Days and Election of a Pope by Bishop Kicanas
Pope John Paul II and the Orthodox Church by Thomas FitzGerald
Remembering the man who told the modern world: ‘Do not be Afraid’ by Bishop Soto
A Saint’s Autobiography: Journal of a Soul by Father John Crossin
The Surprising Humor of St. John XXIII by Father James Martin
Vatican II: The Call to Religious to Change by Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM
Pope John Paul II at Judaism’s holiest site by Rabbi Eric Greenberg
John Paul II: The Move Toward Christian Unity by Father Ronald Roberson
Two Popes and the Code of Canon Law by Sister Sharon Euart, RSM
John XXIII Transformed Catholics’ Understanding and Relations with Jews by Rabbi A. James Rudin
Pope John XXIII and a Christian's Unfinished Business by Don Clemmer
Pope John XXIII’s Gift to the Church: Laity at the Center by Dolores Leckey