Sts. John and John Paul

by Ryan on April 27, 2014

in Anything Else,Culture,History,Religion

Today witnessed a historic canonization ceremony in which two former popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005), were canonized as saints with two living popes, Pope Francis and the retired Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), on hand.  Here is a clip from the canonization ceremony at the Vatican earlier today:

Pope John XXIII is credited with convening the Second Vatican Council which put forth numerous reforms including my favorite, having the mass said in a church’s local language rather than Latin.  Pope John Paul II is credited with helping to bring an end to European communism while inspiring millions of young people to live their lives through Christ.

I don’t know John XXIII well, but most of my life the Catholic church was dominated by John Paul II.  John Paul II was always strong and stood for Catholic principles.  His role in ending communism in Eastern Europe already puts him in the world history books.  He also led the church while it enduring perhaps one of the most significant crises of the modern Roman Catholic Church, the priest sexual abuse scandals.  Ultimately, he lived as an example of the dignity of life during his very public health deterioration in the waning years of his papacy.

Whether or not enough time had passed to justify a canonization of John Paul is a bit above my pay grade.  I’m just happy that a spiritual model of mine during my childhood has been deemed worthy to be in the pantheon of those in whom Christ dwells in on Earth.

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