Fran­cis to canon­ise two other popes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY: Pope Fran­cis has cleared John Paul II for saint­hood, ap­prov­ing a mir­a­cle at­trib­uted to his in­ter­ces­sion.

Fran­cis also de­cided yes­ter­day to canon­ise an­other pope, John XXIII, even though there has been no sec­ond mir­a­cle at­trib­uted to his in­ter­ces­sion. The Vat­i­can said Fran­cis ap­proved a de­ci­sion by car­di­nals and bish­ops.

The cer­e­monies are ex­pected be­fore the end of the year. The date of De­cem­ber 8 has been floated as a pos­si­bil­ity, given it’s the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, a ma­jor feast day for the church.

PIC­TURE: AP

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