Two Popes, Two Saints, One Great Day!
Next weekend on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Universal Church will canonize* two recent popes on the same day. This has never happened in the 2000 year history of Christianity. The fact that two popes in our lifetime will become saints is truly amazing. How many of our Catholic ancestors could say that two popes in their life were deemed worthy of sainthood? We live in very exciting times for the Church indeed! Here is a link to a nice article on these two great men of God, written by a Little Sister of the Poor.
Blessed Pope John 23rd and Blessed Pope John Paul 2nd, pray for us.
*When the Catholic Church canonizes a person, she is saying:
1) they are examples of heroic faith and models for the faithful to follow.
2) they are able to be intercessors in heaven for us.
3) the ability to canonize was given to the first pope, Saint Peter, when Jesus handed him the keys to the kingdom giving him authority to bind and loosen both in heaven and on earth (Matt 16:19) . Once again, pointing out how God invites us to cooperate with him in the work of the kingdom of God.