Popes to Be Canonized Together
CNN reports that Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint later this year along with Pope John XXIII:
The Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint, the Vatican announced Friday.
Pope John XXIII, who convened the Vatican II council in the 1960s, will also be declared a saint, the Vatican said
In 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI approved John Paul’s first reported miracle: a French nun supposedly cured of Parkinson’s disease.
Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, a nun whose order prayed to the pope after he died, said she was cured of the disease, an ailment that also afflicted John Paul.
The second miracle reportedly occurred in Costa Rica, where a woman said she recovered from a severe brain injury thanks to the intervention of John Paul, sources told CNN Vatican analyst John Allen.
The Associated Press reports that John XXIII’s case is a bit unusual:
In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis had the power to dispense with the normal saint-making procedures to canonize John on his own merits.
There’s already a lot of speculation about why Pope Francis decided to dispense with the second miracle, but for the moment he’s not talking, and probably never will give the press the political answer it wants. In any event, later this year, there will be a canonization ceremony that I suspect will be a tough ticket.
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