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It’s official: Pope Francis declares John XXII and John Paul II to be ‘blessed saints’

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints (via AFP) Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church’s newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history. “We declare and define…

Pope Francis announces April 2014 sainthood date for John Paul II and John XXIII

The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. Pope Francis made the historic announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory.…

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