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Historic canonisation of two popes brings joy and controversy - Reuters

For the record, we believe that both of these Popes did amazing things for the world during their Papacies, as well as before being Popes! We are not Catholic, and while the 'miracles' do seem a bit of a stretch, we celebrate these two New 'Modern' Saints and their contributions to mankind!

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By Philip Pullella - Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonisation that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.

Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called the modernising Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II, who reigned for nearly 27 years before his death in 2005 and whose trips around the world made him the most visible pope in history, will be declared saints by Pope Francis.

While John died half a century ago, critics say the canonisation of John Paul - which sets a record for modern times of only nine years after his death - is too hasty. They also believe he was slow to grasp the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis that emerged towards the end of his pontificate.

Nevertheless, more than a million people are expected to flock to Rome - many of them to the Vatican - for the ceremony at which Francis will raise two of his predecessors to what the Church calls "the glory of the altars". Large TV screens have been set up around the city to spread out the crowds.

The Church will declare the popes who left an indelible mark on Catholicism led lives of holiness and are worthy of imitation by the faithful. Church investigators have credited them with interceding with God after their death to perform medically inexplicable miracle cures of sick people who prayed to them.

While the late Polish pope is hailed for his role in helping to bring about the fall of communism, critics have questioned his actions as the child abuse scandals.... ...more

Here is a video of Pope John XXIII, The Good Pope, and Pope John Paul II.

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Curious George | May 8th 2014 at 1399614005

1. Why do think Jokesters say "Is the Pope Catholic" ?
2. Do you think Mother Teresa will become a Saint some day?
3. I have a bottle of Holy Water blessed by Pope John Paul II gifted to me by someone visiting the Vatican while on a special mission and I have it sitting in my curio case. I'm also not Catholic and wonder if I'm suppose to be doing anything special with it. What would you do?

I've always enjoyed watching the Christmas Eve Church Services on TV from Italy.
NeillsDeals | May 9th 2014 at 1399636324

Good Morning, Curious George,

Thank you for taking time to visit our blog again! We think that people just use the phrase 'Is the Pope Catholic?' as a rebuttal to any statement which they deem obviously true. God Bless all the Popes! Interesting that you should mention this, as apparently there is a slight stirring among some more conservative Catholics who may be questioning Pope Francis' more liberal outreach, actions and policies. Here is one such article:
It seems most people consider him a Rock Star Pope, very beloved worldwide, even among non-Catholics.

Mother Teresa is on her way and will surely become a Saint one day. Some detractors do think that she was not always perfect in her decisions/treatment of the poor and dying...but in the realm of public opinion, she already is a Saint. Much like Princess Diana will always be The People's Princess, so Mother Teresa will aways be The People's Saint. Hopefully as her benefactor, Pope John Paul II is now a Saint, she will also be 'fast-tracked'. Here is a good article on the issues:
and another from someone who is not a fan of her becoming a Saint:

How blessed you are to have some Holy Water blessed by Pope John Paul II! Sorry we do not know if something special needs to be done to preserve, care for it..but here is an article that may help:

Thank you, George!
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Curious George | May 9th 2014 at 1399641165

Hi, thanks for providing your readers with these "unsecured HTTP" links.

I shall read up on them at night when I do most of my blog reading while enjoying the peaceful silence in the house.

Thanks again, Curious

PS: Not so formal please (lol).

My friends call me by my first (shorten) nickname "Curi" but my co-workers use to call me Mr. George. I'm now retired from the postal service.
NeillsDeals | May 9th 2014 at 1399648451

Thanks, Curi,

The links were for you, and to look at or not. They are checked by our computer for all sorts of possible problems (viruses, heartbleed, etc.) and all were OK with no issues found.

We LOVE the postal service and appreciate all they do for us! Thank YOU for your service, too!

Have a great rest of your day and weekend!

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