saints JXXIII & JPII

Apr 27, 2014

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

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