Pope Francis has set April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, as the date for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.

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Pope Francis has set April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, as the date for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.

October 7, 2013

Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as saints on April 27, the Sunday following Easter.

Pope Francis made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an “ordinary public consistory,” a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, read the biographies of the two popes.

Amato also highlighted the “service to peace” and the impact both popes had “inside and outside the Christian community” at times of great cultural, political and religious transformation.

The testimonies of their lives, “completely dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, shine in the church and reverberate in the history of the world as examples of hope and light,” the cardinal said.

Blessed John Paul served as pope from 1978 to 2005; Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963.