In 7 Months, It'll Be 'Saint John Paul II'

John XXIII also set for sainthood in first double canonization

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 30, 2013 6:11 AM CDT | Updated Sep 30, 2013 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's official: Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint on April 27, 2014—as will Pope John XXIII, pontiff from 1958-1963, in the Catholic Church's first-ever double canonization. Pope Francis, who will lead the ceremony, announced the date at a meeting with cardinals today, the AP notes. He'll declare John XXIII a saint even though he has only one miracle on his record, short of the usual requirement of two, the BBC reports. Known as a progressive, John opted for the vernacular, rather than Latin, in masses; he also improved the Church's relationship with Judaism. Pope Benedict will also be on hand for the canonization.

In this Oct. 4, 1962 file photo, Pope John XXIII stands at the window of his nine-car train during a brief stop at the small railway station of Orte, Italy.
In this Oct. 4, 1962 file photo, Pope John XXIII stands at the window of his nine-car train during a brief stop at the small railway station of Orte, Italy.   (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi)
In this Jan. 22, 1998 file photo, Pope John Paul II holds his first Mass in Cuba.
In this Jan. 22, 1998 file photo, Pope John Paul II holds his first Mass in Cuba.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis,File)
In this file photo taken on April 15, 1963, Pope John XXIII walks in the gardens of the Vatican.
In this file photo taken on April 15, 1963, Pope John XXIII walks in the gardens of the Vatican.   (AP-Photo/HO Vatican)
In this file photo taken on April 23, 1997, Pope John Paul II waves to faithful as he crosses St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
In this file photo taken on April 23, 1997, Pope John Paul II waves to faithful as he crosses St. Peter's square at the Vatican.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini/File)
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