Enjoy my thoughts on John XXIII this week (via The Pilgrim Center of Hope blog, “Pilgrim Log”).
Despite my membership in the “John Paul II Generation,” I winced a few times leading up to Sunday, hearing questions like, “Are you going to watch the canonization? Of John Paul II and…uh…that other guy?”
Yes, this Divine Mercy Sunday – April 27, 2014 – two popes were added to the Canon of Saints: Pope Saint John Paul II, and Pope Saint John XXIII. It would be a tragedy to overlook jolly John, a simple yet revolutionary figure in the history of Catholicism. From the time I began learning about him, he quickly became one of my heroes.
In John Paul II’s homily for the Mass during which he declared John XXIII ‘Blessed’, he said:
Everyone remembers the image of Pope John’s smiling face and two outstretched arms embracing the whole world. How many people were won over by his simplicity of heart, combined with a broad experience of people…
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