Canonisation for John Paul II, John XXIII set for April 27

Canonisation for John Paul II, John XXIII set for April 27
Pope John Paul II arriving at the National Stadium in a open-topped Land-Rover for the Papal Mass. The Pope delivered his homily, a message of love and peace which lasted nearly half an hour. The Pope is on a pilgrim through Asia and the Pacific and he was in Singapore for a five-hour stopover.

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Catholic Church for 27 years and witnessed the fall of communism and Pope John XXIII, who called the reforming Second Vatican council, will be declared saints on April 27, Pope Francis announced on Monday.

The announcement of the date for the canonizations had been expected since July when Francis approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul, opening the way to the fastest canonisation in modern times.

He also approved sainthood for John, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and who oversaw sweeping reforms to modernise the Church, even though he has only been credited with one miracle since his death.

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