Monday, July 8, 2013

Bishop Barnes on the sainthood of John Paul II & John XXIII

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

Brothers and Sisters in Christ - We rejoice with Roman Catholics all over the world at the news that Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be granted sainthood. These two holy men of our time both opened up our Church in important ways.

In his calling of the Second Vatican Council, John XXIII helped us examine what it means to encounter and transform modern society with Gospel. We have celebrated the 50th anniversary of that watershed moment in our faith in this Year of Faith. 

Blessed John Paul II took his love for our faith and all who practice in his travels to virtually every corner of the world. With his inspiring words and acts, this "Pilgrim Pope" stoked the flame of faith in Latin America, Africa and Asia - places where we now see the fastest growth of Catholicism.

The lessons that both of these popes imparted to us are being carried forward today by our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I ask you to join me in giving thanks to God for the bold leadership John Paul II and John XXIII provided for our Church. We will surely continue to learn from and be inspired by their lives as their sanctity is officially recognized.

May God bless you.

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