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Originally posted 04/27/2014 09:00AM
Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.
Originally posted 07/05/2013 08:35AM
Pope Francis on Friday cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.
In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn't confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis had the power to "dispense" with the normal saint-making procedures to canonize him on his own merit, without a miracle.
The ceremonies are expected before the end of the year. The date of Dec. 8 has been floated as one possibility, given it's the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major feast day for the church. Polish media continued to report that October was likely, to mark the anniversary of John Paul's election, but Vatican officials have said that's too soon to organize such a massive event.
Originally posted 07/02/2013 11:30AM
Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday.
The ANSA news agency reported that a commission of cardinals and bishops met Tuesday to consider John Paul's case and signed off on it. A Vatican official confirmed that the decision had been made some time back and that Tuesday's meeting was essentially a formality.
One possible canonization date is Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major feast day for the Catholic Church. This year the feast coincidentally falls on a Sunday, which is when canonizations usually occur.
Originally posted 05/01/2011 01:30PM
Pope John Paul II is one step closer to sainthood.
Pope Benedict XVI beatified the late Catholic leader on Sunday morning in Rome (the first step in the process of declaring someone a saint). A crowd of 1.5 million gathered in St. Peter's Square to witness the solemn celebration.
A giant photo of a young John Paul II was revealed as the crowd cried and applauded. "He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope," said Benedict in his homily.
Originally posted 05/13/2005 08:00AM
Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that he's put the wheels in motion for the recently deceased Pope John Paul II to be anointed a saint, overriding the usual five-year waiting period following the death of a possible candidate.
Originally posted 04/08/2005 03:00PM
LOVE OUTPOURING: From presidents and prime ministers to prelates and pilgrims, millions filled Rome on Friday for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, as millions more watched on TVs around the world, witnessing what is being called the largest religious gathering of modern times. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presided at the 2 1/2 hour Mass for the "late beloved pope" who, as Cardinal Ratzinger chronicled in his celebratory homily, rose from modest circumstances as a factory worker in Nazi-occupied Poland to become, in a life of obedience until his death at 84 last Saturday, leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics.
Originally posted 04/08/2005 07:50AM
As millions of people – from presidents and prime ministers to prelates and pilgrims – filled Rome on Friday for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, millions more watched on televisions around the world, witnessing what is being called the largest religious gathering of modern times.
Originally posted 04/07/2005 04:00PM
Friday’s funeral of Pope John Paul II in Vatican City is expected to be the largest gathering of both world powers and faithful members of the Catholic church in modern times.
Originally posted 04/07/2005 08:30AM
Rome is packed to the max, with authorities on Wednesday having to close down the overflowing lines of mourners wishing to pay last respects to Pope John Paul II. Waits of up to 24 hours are being reported.
Originally posted 04/05/2005 08:00AM
After an initial estimate of 2 million mourners, an unprecedented 4 million pilgrims are now expected to pay their final respects to Pope John Paul II, where the waiting line to view the body of the pontiff has reached 10 hours.
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