Pope Propels John Paul II and John XXIII to Sainthood

Source: NY Times:

By RACHEL DONADIO

 

 VATICAN CITY — Showing more of his sprightly personality and his priorities, Pope Francis sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood on Friday: John Paul II, who guided the Roman Catholic Church during the end of the cold war, and John XXIII, who assembled the liberalizing Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

In approving the sainthood of John XXIII even without a second miracle attributable to the pontiff, Francis took the rare step of bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis also said a Vatican committee had accepted the validity of a second miracle attributed to the intercession of John Paul. Both popes are expected to be canonized before the end of the year.

Also on Friday, Pope Francis issued his first encyclical — a rich meditation on faith and love co-written with his immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI, that clearly displays their different styles: Francis’ more conversational, Benedict’s more intellectual.

The canonization cause for John Paul began almost immediately after his death in 2005. At his funeral, crowds in St. Peter’s Square began shouting “Santo subito,” or “Sainthood now,” for the beloved pope. He was beatified in May 2011, after a Vatican committee credited him with interceding to cure a French nun, Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, of Parkinson’s disease, the same malady from which the pontiff suffered.

Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, was beatified in 2011.

1 reply

  1. Muslims brand other Muslims as Kafirs, while Christians beautify other Christians.
    Is there a lesson?

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