Two former popes to be declared saints in April

Monday 30 September 2013 20.57
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Pope John Paul II's canonisation is to be one of the fastest in modern times
Pope John Paul II's canonisation is to be one of the fastest in modern times
Pope John XXIII oversaw sweeping reforms of the church
Pope John XXIII oversaw sweeping reforms of the church

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on 27 April, Pope Francis has announced.

The announcement of the date for the canonisations had been expected since July, when Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II.

That opened the way for the fastest canonisation in modern times.

Pope Francis also approved sainthood for Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and oversaw sweeping reforms to modernise the church, even though he has only been credited with one miracle since his death.

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