Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Event will feature a number of unprecedented firsts.

Mark your calendar for April 27. On that date, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict will join in an unprecedented canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. The canonization will recognize the sainthood of both popes.

Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 by popes Benedict and Francis.

Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 by popes Benedict and Francis.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Franics, Benedict, Paul XIII, John Paul II, cannonization, saints

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On April 27 of next year, two unprecedented events will occur. First, Pope Francis will join with Pope Emeritus Benedict to canonize two former popes, John XIII and John Paul II. Although Pope Emeritus Benedict has pledged to "remain hidden from the world" there is no rule barring him from participation and as the successor of Pope John Paul II, his participation is entirely appropriate. Benedict and John Paul worked closely together, so the celebration should prove especially poignant.

The other unprecedented event is that Pope John Paul II, one of the most beloved popes in history will have completed a fast track to canonization that ran less than nine years. In Catholic terms, it is the fastest canonization in modern history.

The canonization of Pope John Paul II is taking place after two miracles were attributed to the late Holy Father. In as little as a month following his passing, the Vatican waived the usual five-year period citing "exceptional circumstances."

In 2011, John Paul II's first miracle was attributed to him after a nun dying of Parkinson's disease was cured. Her congregation gathered to pray and sought the intercession of the late pontiff. She was inexplicably cured.

The second required miracle occurred just a few months ago. Floribeth Mora, from Costa Rica suffered a brain aneurysm. She instantly recovered after she says a photograph of John Paul II appeared to speak to her. Doctors say the aneurysm disappeared immediately and without any reason.

While Pope John Paul II has two miracles attributed to his name, Pope John XXIII has only one miracle since his death in 1963. Pope John XXIII was said to be fond of visiting the sick and imprisoned and likely inspired Pope Francis. Pope Francis has said he would follow John XXIII's motto which was, "See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct a little."

April 27 will prove to be an unusual day in Catholic Church history, so much so that it will be remembered for ages as the day when two living popes canonized two former popes. It will be a day of superlatives as Catholics around the world celebrate the truth of our Faith - that someday, we will all be saints ourselves.

Click here to learn about our Saint Michael the Archangel conference this Nov 1-3!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Living Faith

Top 5 Bible verses to turn to when you're angry Watch

Image of What does the Bible have to say about anger?

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What makes you angry? Maybe you don't like the way your boss talks to you at work or your spouse spends too much money. What do you do when you feel anger coming on? Who do you turn to? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When we get angry we can say or do things we ... continue reading

Megachurch Pastor's new book tells people to 'get over themselves' Watch

Image of Pastor Kyle Idleman (YouTube).


Megachurch Pastor Kyle Idleman claims that to live life, "everyone simply needs to get over themselves" to truly "experience abundant life with Jesus," a theory he promotes in his new book The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins. LOS ... continue reading

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux to be canonized by Pope Francis Watch

Image of The canonizations of the married couple will coincide with the Synod on the Family, to be held on Oct. 4-25.


Pope Francis approved, earlier this year, the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin - known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux - to be declared saints. VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The two blesseds will be the first couple ever to ... continue reading

Phoenix bishop encourages Catholic men to 'step into the breach' Watch

Image of Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses.


Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses. Phoenix, Ariz. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Men, do not ... continue reading

Interview with Archbishop Chaput puts U.S. papal visit in perspective Watch

Image of Archbishop Chaput offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

By Michelle Bauman, CNA/EWTN News

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly one million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the ... continue reading

Pope Francis speaks truth to power Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

From celebrating Masses at Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba, Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, to addressing the U.S. Congress and the United Nations - and with lots packed in between - the 78-year-old Pope Francis tirelessly proclaimed the Gospel ... continue reading

Pope Francis tells young people Jesus 'has so many things to say to each of you' Watch

Image of His Message for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow 2016 invited young people to reflect on mercy and to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow.


With World Youth Day coming up next year, Pope Francis has a question for young people: "Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?" Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever ... continue reading

Pope Francis understands why many victims are unable to forgive clerical sexual abuse Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Vatican City ... continue reading

5 ways to live in love according to the Bible Watch

Image of Living with God's love (nrgtribe).


Love is a big word people use all too often. However, real love is tough and we may be living without the love we  profess to have and share with one another. Luckily, we have the Scripture to remind us what true love looks like. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (Catholic ... continue reading

Narrowing God's love 'is a perversion of the faith,' Pope Francis warns Watch

Image of


At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God's love and works to only a certain group of people. Philadelphia, Pa. (CNA/EWTN News) - "To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 4th, 2015 Image

St. Francis of Assisi
October 4: Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in ... Read More