After a consistory of members of the College of Cardinals was convened in Rome yesterday to discuss the matter, it was announced that Blessed Pope John Paul II, the second longest-reigning Pontiff in history next to Peter, will be canonized by Pope Francis on April 27th, the Second Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul added the feast of Divine Mercy to the official calendar of the Church after the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, to whom the feast was first revealed by Our Lord.
Joining Blessed John Paul in the canon of the saints on the same day and in the same liturgy will be Blessed Pope John XXIII, who convened the Second Vatican Council, the 50th Anniversary of which the Church has been commemorating in part with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's proclamation of the Year of Faith. To be formally canonized, two miracles must normally be attributed to the intercession of a given saint. The Pope has the authority to waive the requirement for a second miracle, and Pope Francis has done so in the case of Blessed John XXIII.
Blessed John Paul II died in 2005, and most people in the crowd attending the canonization of these two great popes will remember all or part of John Paul II's legacy.