Canonization date announced for Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII [official announcement]

From Radio Vaticana:

Pope Francis on Monday morning held the Public Ordinary Consistory for the forthcoming Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. During the course of the Consistory in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, the Pope decreed that his two predecessors will be raised to Sainthood on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.

Outstanding news! :extrahappy::clapping::thumbsup:

Great news, 2great men that meant a lot to the Church
Pope John XXIII

On Socialism
Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism. The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production, it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority.” - Mater et Magistra

On False Teachings
“There is never any need, therefore, to turn to proponents of doctrines condemned by the Church; for they only draw men on with false promises and when they obtain control of the state, try boldly and unscrupulously to deprive men of their supreme spiritual goods—the Christian commandments, Christian hope, and Christian faith. Those who adhere to the doctrines these men propose, minimize or eliminate all that our present age and our modern civilization hold dearest: true liberty and the authentic dignity of the human person. Thus they attempt to destroy the bases of Christianity and civilization.” - Ad Petri Cathedram

On Indifference to Truth
“Some men, indeed do not attack the truth willfully, but work in heedless disregard of it. They act as though God had given us intellects for some purpose other than the pursuit and attainment of truth. This mistaken sort of action leads directly to that absurd proposition: one religion is just as good as another, for there is no distinction here between truth and falsehood. ‘This attitude,’ to quote Pope Leo again, ‘is directed to the destruction of all religions, but particularly the Catholic faith, which cannot be placed on a level with other religions without serious injustice, since it alone is true.’ Moreover, to contend that there is nothing to choose between contradictories and among contraries can lead only to this fatal conclusion: a reluctance to accept any religion either in theory or practice.” - Ad Petri Cathedram

On Unity Within the Family
“We have called nations, their rulers, and all classes of society to harmonious unity. Now we sincerely urge families to achieve and strengthen this unity within themselves. For unless peace, unity, and concord are present in domestic society, how can they exist in civil society? This harmonious unity which should exist within the family circle rises from the holiness and indissolubility of Christian marriage. It is the basis of much of the order, progress, and prosperity of civil society. Within the family, the father stands in God’s place. He must lead and guide the rest by his authority and the example of his good life. The mother, on the other hand, should form her children firmly and graciously by the mildness of her manner and by her virtue.” - Ad Petri Cathedram

On the Sacredness of Human Life
“Human life is sacred—all men must recognize that fact. From its very inception it reveals the creating hand of God. Those who violate His laws not only offend the divine majesty and degrade themselves and humanity, they also sap the vitality of the political community of which they are members.” - Mater et Magistra

On Divine Mercy Sunday, too!:clapping::harp::smiley:

Praise God!!!

Very appropriate, indeed! I really believe that the Lord was speaking of John Paul in this passage from St. Faustina’s Diary:

1732 As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words: I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.

Actually, this translation is wrong. The popes words were very carefully nuanced. He said that Bl. John XXIII and Bl. John Paul II would be INSCRIBED in the family of saints on April 27, 2014.

But he led into this statement by saying that the Church believes that they are in heaven and are saints; therefore, the inscription on such and such a date. He worded it in a way that left no room for anyone to come out and say that they are not in heaven and are not saints. He deliberately changed the traditional wording.

I found it very interesting; but I can appreciate what he is trying to do. This canonization is something that he and Benedict XVI have dreamed about for a very long time. It is my guess that Pope Francis wanted to word this in such a way so that no matter what happens to him (because he is older) the canonization will proceed without undue delays.

He cannot bind a future pope to execute the canonization on that date. But when you start off by saying that you believe that these souls are in heaven, canonization becomes a formality that gets your name onto the canon of saints. The decree of sanctity has already been made by the fact that you have invoked the authority of Peter and Paul to declare that these men belong on that list of saints.

When a Pope is canonized where does the title “Saint” go relative to the title “Pope”?

St. Pope John XXIII?

Pope St. John XXIII?

It will be Saint Pope John XXIII and Saint Pope John Paul II. Something interesting, the name “John” and “Paul” in John Paul I and II was in honor of Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, and Vatican II. John XXIII opened Vatican II, and Paul VI finished and closed it. So, “John Paul”.

I’ve always heard the opposite (i.e. Pope St. Pius X).

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