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Vatican to make John Paul II a saint

July 6, 2013 | Comment icon 67 comments



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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. Pope Francis cleared the way for his canonisation, expected later this year, after a second miracle was attributed to the late pontiff's intervention.


Source: BBC News | Comments (67)


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Comment icon #58 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
I'm going to say it again: they should give sainthoods to saints, and saints aren't necessarily Roman Catholics.
Comment icon #59 Posted by ali smack 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
That's exactly what I thought. I mean that's good for Jean Paul II and his memory. I've no problem that someone is being considered a ''saint'' by the religion's standard or other titles if needs be. The fact that many people here seems to be upset about it is interesting because it looks like they really have a care for the catholic church and their policies. A person who doesn't mind the religion wouldn't be upset, angry nor going to bash over what title is given to a particular one. Absolutely.. I sure wouldn't get myself all worked up over things I held no interest OR beliefs in..Why shoul... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by szentgyorgy 9 years ago
Well yes of course, and they end up having to pass over so many obvious saints that the flaw in the system becomes obvious. 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 9 years ago
no comment
Comment icon #63 Posted by Wtroggin 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
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 than godly.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Beckys_Mom 9 years ago
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. 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 9 years ago
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? 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... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Beckys_Mom 9 years ago
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 Saints Day" and "All Souls Day" at, for... [More]


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