John Paul II and John XXIII to be proclaimed saints April 27
Pope Francis reveals date to consistory of cardinals30 September, 14:33
(updates previous) (ANSA) - Vatican City, September 30 - Pope John Paul II will be proclaimed a saint on April 27 2014, Pope Francis told a consistory of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday. The Argentine pontiff said that another of his predecessors, John XXIII, will be canonized on the same day.
The two late popes were among the 20th century's most charismatic.
The date marks the first Sunday after Easter and also the Feast of Divine Mercy, one of John Paul's favourite feasts because it marks revelations in 1931 by Jesus to a Polish nun, who the Polish pontiff canonised as Saint Faustina in 2000.
It will also be the 75th birthday of Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul's long-time secretary and friend.
Work on a shrine to John Paul in Krakow, where he was archbishop from 1964 until his election to the papacy in 1978, is speeding ahead and is expected to be ready by next spring.
"John XXIII was the great prophet and creator of the Second Vatican Council while John Paul was the one who put it into practice and developed it, in all its components and all its virtualities," said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the head of the Vatican's canonisation department, during an August announcement that the canonisations would take place.
John XXIII was a hugely popular Italian pontiff, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and shaped the Second Vatican Council, which is seen as having transformed the Church to the needs of the modern world.
John Paul II was the equally groundbreaking, Polish pope who led the Church from 1978 to 2005.
Previous reports had said the twin canonisations would take place by the end of this year and perhaps as early as October 22.