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Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II


April 27 will be the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Two Popes will be announced a saints in this day Divine Mercy Sunday. John Paul II will be canonized nine years after the death and three years after the beatification and Pope John XXIII half a century after his death and thirteen years after the beatification. In the case of John XXIII, Pope Francis has decided to withdraw from statement of miracle through the intercession of the blessed. Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II , became the head of the Church in times of "radical transformation" and its authentic example of life strongly defended human dignity.


John XXIII (1881-1963). During his pontificate changed the way the Church's presence in the world and style of governance. He was famous sense of humor, he was direct and straightforward. He is called the "Pope of goodness." Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, came from a poor peasant family, was the fourth of fourteen children. In October 28, 1958, after a three-day conclave, he was elected Pope and took the name John XXIII. Over the next four years he make preparations for the Second Vatican Council, which began on 11 October 1962. This council began a new way of the Church's presence in the world, called for the renewal of life in the Church, announced the so-called. aggiornamento, it means to adapt to modern times. He also gave impetus to the reconciliation of Christian churches and dialogue with other religions. John XXIII announced several encyclicals, of which the most important is the "Mater et Magistra" and "Pacem in Terris". The second one was addressed to "all people of good will", called for peace among the nations of the world. John XXIII died after a serious illness in June 3, 1963. Pope John Paul II in September 3, 2000 beatified him. In his will, John XXIII wrote among others: "I was born poor, with a decent and modest family and I am especially happy to die poor, given away, according to the needs and circumstances of my simple and humble life for the poor and the Holy Church, which fed me, everything came into my hands – moreover in a very limited extent - during the years of my priesthood and bishophood. Appearances prosperity often obscure hidden thorns of severe poverty and kept me from giving so generously, what I wanted. Thank God for the grace of poverty who vowed in my youth, poverty of spirit, as a priest of the Sacred Heart, and real poverty, which it helped me to never ask for anything, neither positions nor the money, nor the reasons, never, neither for myself nor for my family or friends. "


Pope John Paul II (1920-2005). After the death of John Paul I, in October 16, 1978 cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected pope, who took the names of John Paul II. He was the first from 455 years of non- Italian pope and the first Pole to the See of Peter. The pontificate of John Paul II was a time of service to the ecumenical civilization of love and freedom. His pontificate was more than 26 years and was one of the longest in history. Polish pope also had a big impact on the changes that have taken place at that time in Europe, including the fall of communism. In 1981 there was an attempt on John Paul II; Pope narrowly escaped death. John Paul II visited 135 countries - for this reason is called the "pilgrim pope" - held more than 100 international pastoral visits . After death he was given the nickname of John Paul the Great. During the funeral liturgy over St. Peter’s Square waved several large banners with the slogan " Santo Subito " or " Holy immediately." In this way, the faithful have demonstrated their belief in the sanctity of the Pope and the fact that the Church should confirm that by the official elevation of John Paul II to the altars . In May 13, 2005 was announced the decision of the new pope, Benedict XVI, in the case of John Paul II waived the required by the rules of the Church of the period 5 years after the death of a person and begin the process of beatification.
Fr. Antoni

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