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Cardinal Dolan on Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

July 5, 2013

Today’s announcement that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has approved the cause for canonization of two of his beloved predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, is an occasion of great joy for the entire Church! 

These two great Popes each had a profound impact on the Church and the world.  In beginning the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII helped present the timeless teaching of Jesus and His Church in the modern age.  And, Pope John Paul II helped to bring that teaching to every corner of the globe, as a tireless missionary for the faith. 

I know that today’s news has gladdened the hearts of the faithful throughout the world, just as it did for me.  I look forward to being with Pope Francis when he raises to the altars of sainthood these two tremendous apostles of Jesus.