Special website and special celebrations mark canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II

Thursday, April 24, 2014

canonisation-JXIII-JPIIThe Archdiocese of Toronto has put on line a website to celebrate the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The special website provides videos and stories, as well as biographies, together with information on local events and the links between the two Popes and the Diocesan Church of Toronto.

2popes poster VancouverOther Canadian dioceses are also planning events to mark the canonizations. The Archdiocese of Vancouver will hold a special celebration on April 27, 2014, at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time) at the Pacific Coliseum, presided by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, with the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Canada’s new Apostolic Nuncio, also participating. The Archdiocese of Edmonton will hold a special Mass on April 27 at 5:00 pm (Mountain Time) at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica, presided by the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton. The Archdiocese of Québec is organizing an intergenerational Eucharistic celebration on April 26 at 7:30 pm (Eastern Time) at Saint-Benoît-Abbé Church, presided by the Most Reverend Gaétan Proulx, O.S.M., Auxiliary Bishop of Québec. The day after, on April 27 at 11:00 am at the Sanctuary of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré, Bishop Proulx will preside at a solemn Eucharistic celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, the same day as the two canonizations. The Archdiocese of Montreal will celebrate the canonizations on its diocesan feast day, May 30, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral-Basilica of Mary Queen of the World, presided by the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal.

As part of the celebrations in Rome, His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, will preside at a Mass in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls on April 26 at 4:00 pm. All Canadian pilgrims who will be in Rome for the canonizations are invited.

Link to the website on John XXII and John Paul II