Angelo Roncalli sounds like any one of us, and yet, he will be a saint. What does this mean in his life and in ours?
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.
"Never before have there been two popes canonized and two popes living," he said at a news conference Wednesday in Rome to discuss final plans and preparations for pilgrims. "You can imagine their emotions."
"A careful reading of the Gospel shows us not only Jesus' liking for conviviality, but also his excellent knowledge of and production and preparation of food."
We say: Sending these two popes off to another level of citizenship within the community of Christians makes the inescapable point that the church is a dynamic organism.
Msgr. Sławomir Oder said investigations were carried out into the relationship between Pope John Paul II and Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, and there was "no sign of a personal involvement."
"There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. "There is a new way of thinking."
We say: A bishop who knows the needs of his people should not act alone, Pope Francis reportedly said. We join Francis in challenging bishops who embrace reform ideas.
"In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love."
Added to the imagery of Good Friday at the Vatican this year: Connections between Christ's suffering and those of homeless, jobless, migrants, women.
The Vatican's scheduled May appearance before a United Nations committee monitoring adherence to an anti-torture treaty is being done willingly, the Vatican said.