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“John XXIII was courageous, a good country priest, with a great sense of humor, and great holiness. He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord…
Regarding John Paul II, I would say he was “the great missionary of the Church”: he was a missionary, a man who carried the Gospel everywhere… And to canonize them both together will be,
I believe, a message for the Church:
these two were wonderful, both of them.”
from the Papal Flight on Sunday, July 28, 2013
The canonization of blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be a joyful moment. The history of the Church is the story of holiness. It is a centuries long saga of disciples growing ever closer to the Lord. Both Popes now join the great chorus of those recognized publicly as friends of the Lord, witnesses to the transforming power of God’s grace active in human lives. This canonization will encourage everyone to stay on the path of discipleship.