The Two Canonizations: Don’t Pack Your Bag Yet!

Blessed Pope John Paul II

When will Pope Francis canonize his two predecessors, Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII?

Early speculation regarding the date for Blessed Pope John Paul II was October 20—the nearest Sunday to JPII’s October 22 feast day.

Blessed Pope John XXIII





Then it was announced that Pope Francis had also cleared the way for Pope John XXIII to be canonized.  Would the date be changed?

But now, Catholic News Service seems to have gotten the inside scoop.  Cindy Wooden, traveling aboard the airplane from Rio back to Rome with Pope Francis, quotes the Holy Father:

Looking ahead, Pope Francis said he was looking forward to canonizing Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, but choosing a date has become tricky.

First, he said, he thought the Dec. 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception would be appropriate, but that would make it difficult for poorer Polish pilgrims who would have to travel winter roads by bus. The late-November feast of Christ the King — which also is the end of the Year of Faith — is a possibility, he said, but it is probably not enough time to prepare. The best guess, he said, is Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, the Sunday after Easter in 2014.

So there you have it.  Things could still change, though, so don’t buy your plane ticket yet!

By the way, just in case you’re confused about this:  Canonization does not mean that the Church approves one’s entrance into heaven.  If that were true, then most of us would never get inside the pearly gates!

No, canonization is the formal recognition by the Catholic Church that because of a person’s good and holy life, he or she is already in heaven.  A canonized saint is held up as a model for Christians to emulate; and the official acknowledgement that the person is in heaven, and therefore has the ear of God in a special way, means that Catholics here on earth can pray to the saint, asking him or her to intervene with God in asking special favors or blessings.




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  • NoamJomsky

    I’ve been praying very hard that this canonization is cancelled, so this is a partial answer to my rad-trad prayers! Praise the Lord and our Lady.

    • Bill Foley

      Blessed John Paul the Greatest should be canonized ASAP and made a Doctor of the Church ASAP. He rivals St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas in intellect; his Catechesis on Human Love (Theology of the Body) has no equal in papal history. He was a man of heroic virtue, profound spirituality and prayer life; an example of this is the incident when he found out that he was to be made bishop. He knocked on the door of a convent in the early afternoon and asked to go to pray in the chapel; when the sister came in the evening to close the chapel, she found him prostrate on the floor before the tabernacle. He also gave us the 5 luminous mysteries of the rosary. His love and devotion to Mary was extraordinary. God prepared him in a crucible of suffering: loss of mother at 9, loss of brother at 12, loss of father at 20, 5 years under Naziism, 33 years under Communism. He and Mother Teresa are the 2 greatest saints of the 20th century.

    • Richardson McPhillips

      Sort of agree. I hope this doesn’t canonize the errors and mis-steps.

  • Allen

    I do not agree to Johns, look what happened at the Vatican II, Jesus! John Paul, yes because he was a martyr of communism. Down with communism…

  • David Mueth

    The Church’s haste to canonize without Tradtional process and care, surely can profit nothing.