Estimates vary wildly here in Rome as to how many are here for the canonisations of Sts John XXIII & John Paul II. Rome hasn’t seen scenes like this since millions gathered here for the funeral of Pope John Paul – the largest funeral in the history of mankind.
The outpouring of grief at the time of the death of JP2, coupled with celebration of his life, by billions of people the world over was astonishing & the media response, then as now, was overwhelmingly sympathetic. The world’s secular leaders & journalists at the time composed an unwitting litany to John Paul through their headlines:
“Actor-athlete turned scholar-pope” [pray for us];
“Destroyer of communism” [pray for us];
“Champion of human freedom, peace and reconciliation” [pray for us];
“Father of the civilisation of love” [pray for us];
“Friend of youth” [pray for us];
“Voice of the voiceless” [pray for us];
“Enemy of the culture of death” [pray for us];
“Faithful servant of God and the Church” [pray for us];
“Millennial pope” [pray for us];
“John Paul the Great” [pray for us].
As I head to St Peters to concelebrate you will be in my prayers.
Just a reminder you can watch the Canonisations LIVE online at website: Xt3