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Pope Francis’ homily for the Mass of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II

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pope  francisPope Francis presided at the Mass for the canonizations of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II on the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. An estimated 800,000 people gathered in Saint Peter's Square, Rome, together with the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, 1,000 Cardinals and Bishops from around the world, over 5,000 priests, as well as official delegations from over 100 countries. In his homily, the Holy Father pointed out that John XXIII and John Paul II "were priests, and Bishops and Popes of the 20th century." He continued by saying that "they lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother."

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