Just a few minutes ago, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis announced what God has known for some time: that Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are now saints of the Church, and henceforth known as Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.
I was born during the pontificate of John XXIII. Perhaps he had some influence in my naming? As a young priest I met John Paul II and served as his deacon for the Christchurch Mass in Lancaster Park.
While I know I have met many people who are now saints, Saint John Paul II is the only one to be proclaimed as such by the church.
I hope and pray that they both remember to intercede for me regularly in the presence of God.
Saint John XXIII, pray for us
Saint John Paul II, pray for us