Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

2013-07-05T16:03:00Z 2013-08-22T23:06:54Z Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthoodThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 05, 2013 4:03 pm  • 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.

It was a remarkable show of papal authority and confirmed Francis’ willingness to bend church tradition when it comes to things he cares deeply about. Both popes are also closely identified with the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the Catholic Church into modern times, an indication that Francis clearly wants to make a statement about the council’s role in shaping the church today.

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