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Canonisation date for John XXIII and John Paul II due September 30

The date of the ceremony to elevate Popes John XXIII (above left) and John Paul II (above right) to sainthood will be announced at the end of September.

When asked today when the Polish Pope would be made a saint, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said: “This September 30, the Pope will hold the consistory of the saints. On that occasion he will announce the dates of the Canonisations.”

Pope Francis referred to this consistory during a conversation with journalists as he returned from Brazil in July, saying that the Canonisation date would be selected by that time. Last month, when the Holy Father signed a decree needed for both Canonisations, he confirmed recent speculation that they would take place at the same time.

The Canonisation of the late Popes is expected to take place before the end of the year, with Vatican insiders speculating that the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, is a likely choice. However, others are looking to Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27 next year, the first Sunday after Easter. A date this October, to mark 35 years since Blessed John Paul’s election, is not thought to offer enough time to organise matters properly.

 

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