St. Peter's Square is filled with pilgrims and sounds of music Saturday as Rome and the Vatican deal with an expected crowd of one million for the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI will be attending Sunday's ceremony at the Vatican making Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints of the Roman Catholic church and will concelebrate at Mass with Pope Francis and thousands of other cardinals, bishops, and priests, the Vatican announced Saturday.
Pope Paul VI is in line to be the next pope proclaimed a saint once the Vatican endorses a "miracle" attributed to his intercession, an Italian Catholic magazine reports.
Catholic bishops and priests, "always with great compassion," must continue to teach men and women how to live moral lives according to the Gospel, Pope Francis told bishops from southern Africa.
Declining birth rates, abortion, leaving the Catholic church for "other groups who seem to promise something better," divorce and "violence against women and children" all "threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole," the pope said in a message to the bishops.
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
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."
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"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."
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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."