Monday, April 28, 2014
(Rome) -- A unique canonization ceremony for two previous Popes is complete at the Vatican. Pope Francis conferred sainthood upon Popes John Paul the Second and John the 23rd at a special ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square. 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.