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Historic double Papal Canonisation set for April 27

Pontiff has announced date for honour for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII

Pope Francis today announced that Pope John Paul II (above right) and Pope John XXIII (above left) will be formally recognised at saints on April 27 next year.

The Canonisations will take place on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter.

Both Pope Francis, who will officiate, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI are expected to attend the Canonisations.

Pope Francis said in July that he would canonise these two predecessors, after approving a second miracle attributed to John Paul II.

Polish Pontiff John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope for more than 400 years, led the Catholic Church from 1978-2005 while Pope John, Pontiff from 1958-1963, called the Second Vatican Council that transformed the Church. No second miracle had been attributed to John XXIII.

Pope Francis made the announcement this morning at the Public Ordinary Consistory for the forthcoming Canonisations. Canonisations by the Catholic Church formally recognise what is already known in heaven.




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