25 Apr 2014

Canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II - UPDATED 1 - 4

While Rome may have been crowded last weekend for the Easter ceremonies with 150,000 people in St Peter's Square for Easter Sunday Mass with Pope Francis,  the expectation is that around a million pilgrims will be drawn to the Eternal City for next weekend as Pope Francis will solomnely declare that his predecessors Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are among the saints. The coverage online is blanket but we will try to give you a flavour of some of the articles online. However if you want to browse yourself some of the best coverage is from the following sites:
UPDATE 1: Official website for the canonisations

Starting off the round up of articles, Fr James Martin SJ poses the question - What is a saint?

Staying a bit more closer to home:

Over at America magazine, Loyola press have given permission for Fr James Martin's chapter on John XXIII from his book "My Life with the Saints" (a book that comes with a five star recommendation from the SS102fm team) to be published - Vicar of Christ.

St. John Paul II: The 20th Century’s Greatest Dissident

Blessed John XXIII: pope of hearts (Vatican Radio)

John Paul II: pope from a far away country (Vatican Radio)

Blessed John Paul II's Polish roots: courage and moral strength (Vatican Radio)

John XXIII: The accidental saint

The virtues of John XXIII

What the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II tell us

SS102fm's previous blogs about these two saints HERE and HERE

Everything you need to know about popes and saints

Joint canonization encourages politicized Catholics to bridge divides

New papal saints have flaws as well as greatness

ICBC has a summary page of the canonisation process and the two new saints

Freedom Lived Nobly: The Social Magisterium of John Paul II

Holy Popes! Significance of the Canonization of John XXIII & John Paul II

Blessed John XXIII: Cardinal Loris Capovilla and the canonisation - Cardinal Loris Capovilla was for many years the personal secretary of John XXIII and recently wrote how this twentieth century Pope rather than arouse in us feelings of nostalgia should encourage us to look towards the future..

Becoming saints: Two popes who revolutionized Jewish-Catholic relations

Pius XII to John XXIII: A change in style - Vatican Radio


The Pope and I: Remembering John XXIII (Thinking Faith)

Pope John Paul II: Thinking outside the Church (Thinking Faith)

Discussions on the Pontificate of Blessed John Paul II (Dominicans Interactive)


John Paul II: tainted saint? - Irish Times

Proposer defends swift canonisation process of Pope John Paul II - Irish Times

The debate over canonizing two popes - John Thavis

John XXIII and John Paul II, ‘twin bookends’ of Vatican II - Catholic Comment

It is the person who is canonized, not every pontifical choice he made - Vatican Insider

The Process of Beatification & Canonization

Vatican issues official prayers to Saints John XXIII & John Paul II

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