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Popes John XXIII, John Paul II declared saints of Catholic Church

Vatican City, 28 April, (Asiantribune.com):

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 as saints the blessed John XXII and John Paul II," the Catholic leader said in a Latin prayer, as pilgrims and foreign dignitaries massed in St Peter's Square applauded and chanted: "Amen!"
In his homily, Francis praised them as "men of courage" who worked "in renewing and updating the Church".

"They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century. They lived through the tragic events of that century but they were not overwhelmed by them.

For them, God was more powerful," he said.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who last year became the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages, made a rare public appearance in his white papal cassock.

Francis embraced him warmly at the ceremony and co-celebrated the mass with the 87-year-old Benedict and hundreds of bishops and cardinals -- the first time that two living popes have ever said mass together.

It was also the first time that two Catholic Church leaders were being declared saints on the same day.
The Vatican said 800,000 people followed the event dubbed "four-pope day", including 500,000 in and around St Peter's Square.

- Asian Tribune -

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II declared saints of Catholic Church
Popes John XXIII, John Paul II declared saints of Catholic Church
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