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Date Set for Popes Canonization this Spring

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Pope Francis announced the canonization of Pope John Paul the second and Pope John the 23rd will be held next spring.

Pope Francis announced the faithful will descend on the Vatican for the event on April 27th, 2014.

To be named a saint involves a series of steps, including leading a holy life and performing at least two church-verified miracles.

Francis had announced in July he would canonize two of the 20th century's most influential popes together, approving a miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession and bending Vatican rules by deciding that John XXIII didn't need one.
Analysts have said the decision to canonize them together was aimed at unifying the church since each has his own admirers and critics.

Francis is clearly a fan of both: On the anniversary of John Paul's death this year, Francis prayed at the tombs of both men - an indication that he sees a great personal and spiritual continuity in them.
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