From 2 new saints, 1 united church
Pope John XXIII, left, and Pope John Paul II are being canonized today at the Vatican. The legacy of John XXIII and his Second Vatican Council includes Masses celebrated in vernacular languages rather than Latin. For his part, John Paul II re-emphasized the importance of papal authority.
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 12:00 am
Pope Francis is not just canonizing two of the 20th century's most influential popes today, he is sending a powerful message of unity to the often divided Roman Catholic Church he leads.
In making saints of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, Francis paired pontiffs who have wide appeal but are perceived as being more popular in opposing wings of the church — John XXIII on the liberal side, John Paul II on the conservative side.
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