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3/20/2014 (1 year ago)

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Two popes elevated to sainthood in ceremony

Rome and the Vatican are gearing up for the influx of visitors expected for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this April 27. The Mass will take place in St. Peter's Square, in spite of the fact that hundreds of thousands of the faithful will have to watch the ceremony on large video screens.

A spokesman for the Rome hotel owners' association, Marco Piscitello said that by early March, owners were reporting that more than 82 percent of hotel rooms in the city had been booked for the canonization weekend.

A spokesman for the Rome hotel owners' association, Marco Piscitello said that by early March, owners were reporting that more than 82 percent of hotel rooms in the city had been booked for the canonization weekend.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Rome, Vatican, canonizations, April, pilgrims


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis announced last September that he would proclaim the two popes saints in a single ceremony on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Prefecture of the Papal Household had issued an advisory that access to St. Peter's Square would be first-come, first-served. Pilgrims have been warned that unscrupulous tour operators already were trying to sell fake tickets to the Mass.

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More than one million people are expected to - or at least try to attend the liturgy. Here had been some false rumors that the Vatican would move the ceremony to a wide-open space on the outskirts of town. The Vatican confirmed Feb. 27 that the Mass would be held in St. Peter's Square, just outside the basilica where the mortal remains of the two popes rest.

Blessed John Paul, who made 104 trips outside Italy, served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963; Pope John Paul beatified him in 2000.

Pope Francis signed a decree last July recognizing the healing of a Costa Rican woman with a life-threatening brain aneurysm as the miracle needed for Blessed John Paul's canonization. The Vatican announced the same day that the pope had agreed with members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes that the canonization of Blessed John should go forward even without a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

A first miracle is needed for beatification. In Pope John Paul's cause, the miracle involved a French nun suffering from Parkinson's disease, which was the same disease the pope was afflicted. In the cause of Pope John, the Vatican recognized as a miracle the healing of an Italian nun who was dying from complications after stomach surgery.

A spokeswoman for the office of Rome's mayor said the city hoped by March 24 to have a working estimate of the number of pilgrims. There are preliminary plans for transporting them to the Vatican and providing them with water, toilet facilities and first aid stations.

A spokesman for the Rome hotel owners' association, Marco Piscitello said that by early March, owners were reporting that more than 82 percent of hotel rooms in the city had been booked for the canonization weekend.

"There will be a strong presence in Rome for this double canonization," he said.

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