Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II declared SAINTS on 27 April 2014 Men of God Men for All Seasons
Canonisation The day you are declared a saint – a special friend of God This means that they were: "completely dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, shine in the church and reverberate in the history of the world as examples of hope and light.”
Why Canonisation? • To set holy and real examples of Christian living for all of us to be inspired and to follow.
Pope John XXIII (Pope from 1958 to 1963) Family Name: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Born: 25 November 1881 From: Italy Loved: the poor & prisoners Best known for: Calling the Second Vatican Council – to renew the Church Died of Cancer: 1963
Pope John Paul II (papacy 1978 – 2005) "The future, is in your hearts and in your hands." Family Name: Karol Wojtyla Born: 18 May 1920 From: Poland Loved: the Youth, the Poor & Sick Best known for: Missionary Journeys & Starting the great World Youth Days His motto : “TotusTuus”, ALL YOURS • 104 international trips outside of Italy while Pope "I think of him as 'the great missionary of the church," because he was "a man who proclaimed the Gospel everywhere.” Pope Francis
Let us pray: Loving Father, we thank you for these faithful men of God, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. We pray that the canonisation of these two saints will bring forth great rejoicing and blessings upon your people. Unite us always in hope through the Mighty Name of your Beloved Son , Jesus Amen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezZvSFwEFNs(video link - optional)