WND TV presents Easter Sunday and the Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square in the Vatican


This Sunday, April 20, Pope Francis will celebrate Easter with a Sunday Mass, “The Resurrection of the Lord,” in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, followed by the pope’s message and blessing known as “Urbi et Orbi” [“To the City and to the World”].

The Pope’s celebration of Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square will open one of the most holy weeks in the history of the Catholic Church.

The following Sunday, April 28, Pope Francis will canonize Blesseds Pope John Paul XXIII and Pope Paul II in a ceremony planned once again for St. Peter’s Square.

An estimated 1 million pilgrims filled St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets in Rome when Pope Francis celebrated the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011.

Even more are expected in Rome on April 28 for the canonization ceremony because more than 1 million devotees of Pope John Paul II are expected to be joined by thousands of devotees of Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppi Roncalli, popularly known as “good Pope John, the 261st Bishop of Rome who convened the Second Vatican Council.

On July 5, 2013, Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree that paved the way for the canonization of the two popes.

Then, on his return from Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013, Pope Francis told the Vatican press accompanying him that both popes would be canonized together.

Pope Francis explained the joint canonization would be “a message for the Church: These two were wonderful, both of them.”

WND has been given special permission by the Vatican to live stream both Easter Sunday Mass and the Canonization Ceremonies.

WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi has been issued Vatican press credentials to be in the Vatican to cover both events in person.

The Vatican has made available on line a booklet that provides for Easter Mass the liturgy of the ceremony, in both English and Italian, as well as the music that will be sung throughout the ceremony.

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