In 7 Months, It'll Be 'Saint John Paul II'
John XXIII also set for sainthood in first double canonization
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2013 6:11 AM CDT
Updated Sep 30, 2013 7:07 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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9SEABEE
Oct 1, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
Any Pope that reigned over child molesting priests, cannot be a saint. You are the CEO in charge. You have the power and ability to remove the pervs, yet you do nothing. You are guilty of complicity and complacence. Go pound sand in hell.
Iffida
Oct 1, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
Sorry Pope John Paul, you are not a saint, neither is Pope John XXlll. There are no saints on this earth.
MarkOfTheSkid
Sep 30, 2013 8:47 PM CDT
Just the Catholic version of the Emmy's. Giving themselves a pat on the back.