The Day of the Four Popes

04/28/2014 Comments (1)


On the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, in the Year of our Lord 2014, two great men were raised to the honor of the Altar and were canonized saints. There is no Catholic Christian alive that has not been directly affected by the decisions, teaching or holiness of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. Perhaps we can say that these two men influenced the Church far more than anyone in our times.

John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and John Paul II had much influence in provoking discussion and lending a hand in drafting one of the most important documents that came out of the Second Vatican Council — Gaudium et Spes, the pastoral constitution on the Church...READ MORE

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JP II: A Great Man—But A Saint Above All

04/27/2014 Comments (1)

Crowds began to gather at 5 pm Saturday evening 12 hours before the gates of St. Peter Square would open for the mass Sunday, April 27, to canonize Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.  Pilgrims nestled in the streets with camping gear for an all night vigil. And when St. Peter’s Square opened at 5 am, it took little more than two hours for it to be filled.

“It was a long night, but it has been an incredible experience,” said Lucia, an Italian student from Milan Vigil for canonizationswho traveled to the canonization with four friends.

She wasn’t yet born when John Paul II was elected pope but she has been touched by the powerful words that initiated his long pontificate: “In his famous speech when John Paul II...READ MORE

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Pilgrims Pack Rome, Forge Friendships and Memories

04/27/2014 Comment

The pilgrims who arrived before sunrise Sunday at the Vatican for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II didn’t get close to St. Peter’s Square. But they left with historical memories and sudden friendships with strangers.

Early morning crowds in streets near St. Peter's Square

Throngs of the visitors who walked in darkness to the Square arrived to the streets already full. Thousands camped out in chilly temperatures and then stood with little to no room to maneuver.

Joan Nelson and Kate Dube of Las Cruces, New Mexico arrived about 4 a.m. They’ve been in Rome since Holy Week and celebrated Easter Mass at the Square.

“We have felt  totally blessed on this trip,” said Nelson, unfazed that they were suddenly landlocked by...READ MORE

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I Can Tell He Loves Me

04/26/2014 Comment

– Wikipedia

The old saying is that all roads lead to Rome.  

And that has been my experience being here over the last two days.The faithful are flocking into Rome from all corners of the globe, with various countries waving their flags, and every language imaginable being spoken.  

Singing, dancing, praying — this is the response of hundreds of thousands of young people that have come to Rome for the first ever double canonization of two popes: John Paul II and John XXIII.  The streets are packed; the buses are jammed full.  There is something very tangible in the air.  

One word summarizes the immense crowds during these days: Faith.  The Faith of the Church in the Risen Christ is truly alive as we...READ MORE

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John Paul II Impacts Youth Still Today

04/26/2014 Comment

Pope John Paul II's impact on a new generation of youth is evident as thousands of young people worldwide arrived in Rome in anticipation of his and Pope John XXIII's canonization.
Youth waving their homeland flags and wearing buttons and scarfs adorned with John Paul's likeness jammed streets near historic sites in Rome on Saturday afternoon causing human traffic jams.

For this weekend, John Paul's native Polish was heard as often as Italian in many gelato shops and outside churches. 

Massive crowds, including hundreds of youth, gather in Rome for the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII

But Italians were quick to remind visitors that Pope John was affectionately known as the "Good Pope" and the last Italian-born.

Seasoned tour guides marveled at the massive crowds including hundreds...READ MORE

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On April 27, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized in Rome. EWTN hosts and special guests as well as freelance writers who are pilgrims in Rome will contribute to the Register's coverage of this historic and holy event. These contributions will be available here at #2PopeSaints. Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II pray for us!

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Cindy Brovsky, a freelance contributor for the Denver Catholic Register, worked as a newspaper reporter for 20 years in Colorado. She covered World Youth Day in 1993 in Denver and is traveling with pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Denver.

Cecilia O'Reilly writes from Rome, where she is working on her graduate degree in communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Father John Paul Mary Zeller is a priest of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. He is a part of the EWTN crew covering the canonizations.