The Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
As a Catholic and, having seen Pope John Paul II in person
in Chicago in October of 1979,
I was excited to experience
the canonization of him and Pope John XXIII,
albeit via TV.
My 19 year-old daughter,
a close teacher friend from St. Lawrence Elementary School
and I rode the train to Chicago
to be part of the sea of people congregated in Grant Park.
Pope John Paul II greeted
the worshipers in several different languages.
There upon he celebrated the Mass
with more than 350 bishops from North America.
I think that I surely was not the only person there
who felt the sensation of goose bumps developing on one’s skin.
I felt the same phenomenon
when Pope Francis declared the canonization
of these two beloved popes.
|Pope Francis greeting|
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
|one of three petitions|
for the canonization
of Popes John XXIII
and John Paul II
|relics of the new saints|
The majority of the photos I am sharing here
are the result of my snapping pictures
from the live feed from St. Peter’s Square.
Two were scanned from my Commemorative Album.
The banner photo is my own taken in our parish rectory entrance.