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Canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII

Two eras, two pastors, two great men, two saints.

During the last weekend of April 2014, more than 800,000 people were in Rome for the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II.

On the last Friday in May, on the day of the Diocesan Patronal Feast, Catholics throughout the archdiocese of Montreal will gather at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to participate in a Mass to give thanks for the two new saints.

Between now and May 30, we will be posting online some texts introducing the minds of these two holy men, as well as testimonies, anecdotes, and photos.

You have a memory to share? An anecdote to tell? A prayer? You are welcome to share your own memories too!


Memories of a Pope

What are your memories of Pope John Paul II? Did you know Pope John XXIII? What do you remember of their teaching? Here are some testimonials and anecdotes to listen to!

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Biography of His Holiness John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920.

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Biography of His Holiness John XXIII

Saint John XXIII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli at Sotto il Monte, Italy, in the Diocese of Bergamo on 25 November 1881. He was the fourth in a family of 14.

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Teachings of John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was well known for his missionary and charismatic spirit. A great communicator worldwide, he attracted people in droves and made meaningful gestures. He also wrote considerably: 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations ...

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John XXIII, the Good Pope

From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope John XXIII focused on the pastoral aspect of his office. He often went outside the walls of the Vatican, which allowed him to fully assume his role as bishop of Rome. He was known for his visits in the Roman parishes, to the children's hospital, and to the prison. .

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Photo Album of John Paul II

Here is a photo album of the visit of Pope John Paul II in Montreal. Pictures are from the Archives of the Archdiocese.

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Photo Album of John XXIII

Here are some pictures summarizing the pontificate of John XXIII.

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Video - Mass of Canonization in Rome

Here is the broadcast of the Mass of the Canonization, which took place on April 27 in St. Peter's Square in Rome.

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Photo Album of the Canonization

Here is a Photo Album of the Canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

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Pope Francis’ Homily

Pope Francis presided at the Mass for the canonizations of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II on the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. This is his homily.

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