Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27, 2014.

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki and Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying will lead a pilgrimage to Rome April 21 - 29, 2014 in honor of the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. During those nine days, they will visit some of the most famous sites in Rome: the four major basilicas, the Vatican museums, the catacombs, and the Coliseum. They will have a Papal audience with Pope Francis, and join thousands of Catholics who, like them, have traveled long distances to witness the final steps of declaring these two holy men saints. Learn more about their schedule by viewing their itinerary

Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)

When on October 20, 1958 the cardinals, assembled in conclave, elected Angelo Roncalli as pope many regarded him, because of his age and ambiguous reputation, as a transitional pope, little realizing that the pontificate of this man of 76 years would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church... Read More

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920... Read More

Additional Resources


EWTN - Canonization to Air LIVE in Rome

EWTN Global Catholic Network’s news teams will be on the ground in Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Coverage will be available around the world in English, Spanish, and German and on all platforms... Click Here

EWTN - The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II

View the life of Pope John Paul II through his writings, causes and multimedia - Click Here

Canonization of Two Popes: A USCCB Blog Series

The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church. To explore the meaning of the lives of these modern-day spiritual heroes, the U.S. Bishops Office for Media Relations asked several persons to reflect on their contributions... Click Here


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