Pope Francis Makes History With The Dual Canonization Of Pope John XXIII And Pope John Paul II
emeritus Pope Benedict XVI also made an appearance in St. Peter’s Square. Throughout the course of history, there has never been an occurrence where the reigning pope and the retired pope celebrated Mass together in a public forum. Add to it the fact that they are honoring their incredibly famous predecessors makes it all the more of a rare situation. According to many sources the presence of Pope Benedict XVI assists to further cement Pope Francis’ vision to bring about unity to the Catholic Church. That also happens to be the reasoning behind the dual canonization for both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II as they were beloved figures to both liberals and conservatives alike. The canonization of Pope John Paul II was sped up with the assistance of Pope Benedict XVI and his canonization is now ranked as the fastest in modern times. The rules for acquiring sainthood were also altered a bit by Pope Francis to allow Pope John Paul II’s canonization to take place. Pope John Paul II had not yet had the second miracle occur which is usually required for canonization. Over 500,000 people were packed into St. Peter’s square to watch the canonization in person and an estimated 300,000 more were watching TV screens set up around the city. Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers from more than 90 countries attended.