Canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II set for April 27, 2014

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The Vatican has confirmed that John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized in the same ceremony on April 27, 2014. The date, which had been hinted at by Pope Francis, was confirmed by the Holy Father during a consistory held September 30 in the Apostolic Palace.

According to a statement released by the Vatican, Pope Francis “decreed that Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”

This past July, the Pope approved the second miracle in the cause for John Paul II’s canonization: a Costa Rican woman was healed of a terminal brain aneurysm on May 1, 2011, the day of the late Pontiff’s beatification.

Pope Francis also authorized the cause for John XXIII’s canonization to move forward without the traditional second miracle, thereby paving the way for the two former Popes to be canonized together.

The chosen date is especially significant for John Paul II as it was during his pontificate that the first Sunday after Easter was designated as Divine Mercy Sunday. It was also on this feast that the late Pontiff was beatified in 2011 by his successor, Benedict XVI.

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