Two Popes - Two New Saints

Today, July 5th, 2013, Pope Francis announced that he approved the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. 

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881 - 1963), who became known as Pope John XXIII, was the 262nd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He will forever be remembered as the man who humanized the role of and opened the door to the renewal of the church. He explained: "We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to tend a blooming garden full of life."

There is an anecdote that perfectly conveys the humble spirit of Pope John XXIII. On the evening when he announced the opening of the Ecumenical Council, the first one since 1869, he couldn't get to sleep. Finally, he called himself to order: "Angelo, why aren't you sleeping? Who's running the church, you or the Holy Spirit? So sleep." And he did." ( Above extract taken from here.)

My previous post from the archives "Remembering Pope John XXIII" can be read here

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  • Useful article from EWTN on Pope John XXIII here. 

  •  Pope John XXIII - His wonderful address at the Opening of Vatican Council II - 11 October 1962 - Click here.
  • This is a fine article from the EWTN archives from 1995, which compares the two Popes. Click here.
  • EWTN has a comprehensive set of resources on the pontificate of John Paul II here. Urbi et Orbi John Paul II PLEDGES FIDELITY TO VATICAN COUNCIL II.
    On the morning of Tuesday 17 October, the day after his election as Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass together with the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. At the end of the Mass, His Holiness spoke as follows to the cardinals and to the world. Click here to read.
  • Last Will and Testament, Last general Audience Words of Pope John Paul II and Requiem Mass Homily by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Click here.
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