Sunday, April 27, 2014
(Rome) -- Former Popes John Paul the Second and John the 23rd are now Catholic saints. Pope Francis conferred sainthood upon the two pontiffs earlier today during a special ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. John the 23rd was elected Pope in 1958 and served until his death in 1963. He was known for convening the Second Vatican Council which renewed the Church, changed the church calendar and started a dialogue with the contemporary world. John Paul the Second was one of the most popular and longest reigning popes Catholics have ever seen. He was elected in 1978, as the first Polish Pope and the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.