Monday, 28 April 2014

4 Popes 2 Saints

Divine Mercy Sunday (The Sunday after Easter) was a particularly special day in 2014. On the 27th April two much-loved Popes were made saints by two other much-loved Popes. John XXIII and John Paul II were canonised by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a single ceremony in St Peter's Square, Rome.

Watch this powerful 3D clip: 

Watch the full canonisation Mass again:

Estimates are that around 1 million peoples tried to get close to St Peter's Square on the Sunday with big screens set up all over the city. It was also broadcast around the world to cinemas in 3D and other places of Catholic significance such as Lourdes (where I was!).

Photo from Telegraph

It was a day of many 'firsts', the biggest perhaps being the fact it is the first time in the history of the Catholic Church that two living Popes have presided over the canonisation of two of their predecessors.

Much has been written about the significance of the day, and its political motivations trying to unite the 'left' and 'right' of the Church, but ultimately it was a day of celebration for the 1 billion Catholics around the world.

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Did you watch any of the coverage? Where did you watch it? Did you know anything about these two Popes and what they did for the Church? Will you ask them to intercede your prayers?


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