Pope Francis clears John Paul II, John XXIII for sainthood | Fox News

It looks like both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII (the pope who called the Second Vatican Council) are to be canonized:

Pope Francis clears John Paul II, John XXIII for sainthood | Fox News.

Pope John Paul II was the pope of my childhood (though I was born under Paul VI), and was a great influence on me when I started attending Mass again after an absence in my youth (I never said I wasn’t Catholic, but I only attended occasionally in my late teenage years, and in my early 20’s).

I always feel a bit off about the rush to canonize John Paul II, even though he was (and is) a role-model for me, and I do not doubt his holiness, his dedication to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.  I guess I feel it is harder to be objective this close to when a person dies.

I also feel a bit off about waving the requirements of a second miracle for Pope John XXIII.  I guess just because it is a break from tradition, and I am a very traditional Catholic.  Still, Pope Francis has the right to wave that requirement.

So we will have two new saints, sometime in the near future – Pope John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII.  December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is being mentioned as a possible date for the canonizations.

 

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