In a surprise announcement today, Pope Francis has approved the canonization of both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. After the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi called journalists back for the announcement of the dual canonization approval.
There has been much talk lately of the impending approval of Blessed John Paul II’s canonization after the confirmation of a second miracle attributed to his intercession. However, it was not expected that Blessed John XXIII would be canonized as well, because he has not had a second miracle approved. Pope Francis waived the requirement of a second miracle in his case, as he wished the great pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognized. The pope is permitted to waive rules of the canonization process, as Pope Benedict XVI waived the 5-year waiting period after Pope John Paul II’s death, wishing the process of canonization to begin earlier.
No dates have been set thus far, but it is expected for the canonizations to take place by the end of the year.
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