Canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

Rome is expecting 6 million people for the upcoming canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014 (the Sunday after Easter known as Divine Mercy Sunday). The Ceremony will take place outdoors at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square. Entrance is open to public and no formal invitation is necessary, but its is recommended to arrive as early as possible.

Lets see what's in store:

Pilgrims travel from all over the world to witness the Canonization Ceremony in St. Peter's Square on April 27th. During the Ceremony Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will both be announced Saints by the current Pope Francis.

John Paul II (1920-2005) is recognized for his role in the fall of communism in multiple countries and John XXIII is honored for his role in instating the Second Vatican Council.

Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was Pope from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers that lived in a village in Lombardy. Wikipedia
Pope John Paul II, sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. Wikipedia

Canonization is the point at which an individual is enlisted into sainthood, typically between 5 to 10 years after his or her death.

While heading to the Vatican to celebrate the earth shattering event, be sure to check out our selective Vatican Tours of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and Papal Tombs.


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