(ANSA) - Rimini, August 20 - The date of the ceremony
celebrating the sainthood of popes John XXIII and John Paul II
will be announced at the end of September, a high-ranking
Vatican cleric said Tuesday.
"This September 30, the pope will hold the consistory of
the saints. On that occasion he will announce the dates of the
canonizations," said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the
Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, when asked when the
polish pope would be made a saint.
The canonization is expected to take place before the end
of the year, and the feast of the Immaculate Conception,
December 8, has been floated as likely.
Polish prelates have pushed for October, which would mark
35 years since John Paul's election, something Vatican officials
have suggested would be too difficult to organize in such short
Early last month, Pope Francis made the last key move to
make saints of his two most popular recent predecessors, whose
impact on the Catholic Church and charismatic leadership many
think the new pontiff will end up rivaling.
By signing a decree needed for both of their canonisations,
he confirmed recent speculation that they would take place at
the same time.