Canonisation of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII

NCC UK & Ireland

It is with great joy that we hear today from the Vatican that two previous Bishops of Rome, Blessed John XXIII (1958-1963) and Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005) are to be declared Saints by Pope Francis.

Blessed John XXIII

Born Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli in 1881, he was the fourth child of fourteen. He was ordained a priest on August 10 1904 and served in various posts including appointment as Papal Nuncio in several countries, including France (1944), Bulgaria and Greece. Pope Pius XII made him a Cardinal on January 12 1953 in addition to naming him the Patriarch of Venice. His election as Pope on 28 October 1958 at the age of 77 came as something of a surprise. Those who expected him to be a caretaker Pope were even more surprised by his calling of the historic Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), the first session opening on October 11 1962…

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