Blesseds John XXIII and Pope John Paul II to be canonised on April 27 next year
Pope Francis has decreed that his two predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints at a beatification ceremony in the Vatican on April 27 next year (2014), the Second Sunday of Easter and feast of Divine Mercy. The Holy Father made the decision after Monday morning’s meeting with cardinals in a Public Ordinary Consistory. Pope Francis in July this year cleared the way for the sainthood of the two Popes, by approving a miracle attributed to the intercession of John Paul II, who became pope in 1978 and reigned until his death in April 2005. He was beatified in 2011. In the case of Blessed John XXIII, who was pope from 1958 to 1963, Pope Francis waived the requirement of a second miracle, which cleared the way for his elevation to sainthood.