ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Archdiocese is getting ready to celebrate this weekend’s canonizations of two former popes.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson calls it a very exciting time.
During Sunday’s ceremonies at the Vatican, Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will officially be declared saints. Father Christopher Martin will lead a group of 40 pilgrims from the Archdiocese to witness the canonizations.
And for those who can’t make it to Rome?
“We’re going to have a special mass at the Cathedral honoring both of their lives,” Archbishop Carlson says.
That service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica.
Archbishop Carlson says Pope John Paul II will always have a prominent place in the hearts of local Catholics who welcomed him here in 1999.
He says he was too young to have any real contact with Pope John XXIII.
“But, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting John Paul II on a number of opportunities,” he says. “One that was most special to me is when he visited Jerusalem, and I got invited by the Patriarch to come and be a part of that and it was a very exciting visit.”
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