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Pope John Paul II canonized this weekend

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Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized on April 27. Canonizing two popes on the same day has never happened before. Pope Francis will canonize them both this weekend.

Both of these Popes have been extraordinary in their works of love and service. Nine years ago, Pope John Paul II had died and in that instance, people were asking him to be made a saint. His gentle spirit yet outstanding leadership took over the world.

Pope John XXIII spread the holiness of the Church and did an excellent job at communication. He served as Pope from 1958 until his death from stomach cancer in 1963. He was a firm believer that we were all loved by God. He started the historic Second Vatican Counsel.

Pope John Paul II was the second longest reigning Pope. He served as Pope from October 1978-April 2005 when he died. He accomplished so much in his life: helped end communism, supported Second Vatican Counsel, visited 129 countries, wrote many books and reached the youth of the world to name a few.

The canonization of these Popes is being called, "the day of four Popes." The relics of both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be present and Pope Francis with Pope Benedict XVI.



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