John XXIII and John Paul II, the popes who tore down wallsnewadvent.org: 12:15 23-04-2014
John XXIII and John Paul II, the popes who tore down walls
To canonize John XXIII and John Paul II at the same time, Pope Francis has not hesitated to slightly bypass canonization procedures in not waiting for confirmation of a second miracle attributable to John XXIII. And this was most certainly the right course to take. John XXIII and John Paul II are of course different from each other, but they also have many things in common. Without John XXIII, there would not have been a John Paul II. Their concurrent canonizations bear witness to the fact that the Church is a compagnia semper reformanda (an enterprise always to be reformed) as Benedict XVI used to stress. At the same time it shows that every piece in the history of this enterprise is linked to others, like pieces fitting in a puzzle.