Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be proclaimed saints together on April 27, 2014

It’s an unprecedented move on the Vatican’s part.

Agence France-Presse reports (via ABS-CBNNews.com) that the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII "would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals," according to the Vatican.


The report explained that the canonization of the two popes is not only expected to bring several hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome, but is also the Vatican's way "to breach a traditional left-right divide in the Church." "John XXIII is generally a hero to the church’s progressive wing while John Paul II is typically lionized by Catholic conservatives," said John Allen, from the National Catholic Reporter, a US weekly.


Pope Francis made the announcement on Monday, September 30 "at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory."


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