Canonizations of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII


Bl. Pope John Paul II and Bl. Pope John XXIII.

On Sunday, April 27 a great event in the Roman Catholic Church takes place with the canonizations of two popes – Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

We’re including some links to copy we’ve come across during the week that speaks to the humanity of both popes.

In one particularly poignant reflection, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture tells an interviewer with the Catholic News Agency (April 22, 2014) that both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII of their lives “totally dedicated to their priestly service.”

He noted that Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the man who became Pope John XXIII, chose as his episcopal motto Oboedientia et pax, which means, “Obedience and peace.”

“When you read ‘Journal of the Soul,’ the daily diary Roncalli sketched, you read at one point that he stated: ‘Obedience and peace: this is the secret of my life,’” he said. Cardinal Poupard underscored that John Paul II lived the same trust in God, so much so that he chose the episcopal motto Totus tuus, which means, “All yours.”

Click on links below for entire articles on the canonizations.