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Vatican to make John Paul II a saint

Posted on Saturday, 6 July, 2013 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The late pontiff is set to be canonized after a second miracle has been attributed to his intervention.

Pope John Paul II was leader of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005 and had been on the fast-track to sainthood after a 49-year-old French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, was said to have miraculously recovered from Parkinson's Disease which the Pope himself had suffered from.

Now a second miraculous recovery, that of a Costa Rican woman suffering from a serious brain illness, is being hailed as the late Pope's second intervention, earning him the final step needed to make him a saint. The canonizations of he along with that of Pope Pope John XXIII are scheduled to take place later this year.

"The Vatican says Pope John Paul II is to become a saint."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by ali smack on 8 July, 2013, 9:53
He shouldn't be made into a saint. He was a man who befriended the likes of Pinochet and Jean Paul Bokassa. Amongst other evil dictators, even letting himself get photographed alongside them in the vatican. He covered up Child Abuse. Repeatedly ignoring the letters of child abuse victims pleading for him to go to the police with information regarding pedophiles in the church. He had pedophiles living in the vatican. He is a monster and quite frankly is a disgrace and insult to the human race.
Comment icon #60 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 8 July, 2013, 13:16
Absolutely.. I sure wouldn't get myself all worked up over things I held no interest OR beliefs in..Why should I ? I certainly wouldn't think that a general news article was expecting non believers and non Catholics to all of a sudden thing "WOW tell me more?" lol
Comment icon #61 Posted by szentgyorgy on 8 July, 2013, 14:13
The State of Israel, and presumably most people of the Jewish faith, accept and celebrate many "righteous gentiles" (including a Catholic priest and Swedish Lutheran diplomat) who resisted the Nazi Holocaust. So there is a model for recognition of saintly persons across religious lines. Will it be adopted/adapted by Rome? That's another question.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Lex540 on 10 July, 2013, 9:00
no comment
Comment icon #63 Posted by Wtroggin on 12 July, 2013, 3:48
Miracles? Seriously? What year is this? Did Jesus hoard wealth and live in a palace? These people collect pennies from poor people, threatening damnation and selling salvation. We are lost as a species.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Sundew on 15 July, 2013, 19:02
From my understanding of Scripture, sainthood is bestowed by God on the basis of believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior: i.e. any believer in Christ is therefore a saint. It is a gift of God's grace, not bestowed by men and certainly not on the basis of good works or some arbitrary panel. Presumably the pope was already a saint on the former basis; that is between him and God. Sadly there have been some popes and other ministers of various denominations over the centuries whose "sainthood" is more than a bit suspect, and whose actions in positions of religious power less th... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 15 July, 2013, 19:37
Lets say this is true... How then would people on earth know just who is and who isn't a saint? ..Or is this something that we are not meant to know?
Comment icon #66 Posted by szentgyorgy on 15 July, 2013, 19:50
Generally, Protestant Christians understand all who die in the faith to be saints; specifically, Martin Luther described all living Christians as 'simul iustus et peccator'--"simultaneously saints and sinners" by grace through faith in Christ. There are variations on the theme of "saints" among Christian traditions. The Roman Catholic tradition is the one with the most specific criteria and process for sainthood as established and administered by internal Vatican investigators and analysts, final approval up to the pope, of course. If one checks out "All Sain... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 15 July, 2013, 20:13
Why ( For example ) do we here in Ireland have many protestant churches that are named after certain saints?...If all protestants believe all are saints? I come from a family of not just catholic but a lot of my family are protestant ( including my kids ) We recognize so many protestant churches all in support of certain saints.. IE - Local church near us is - St Marks... St Columbus St James etc etc

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