The Holy See has announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the the canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII in a spiritual way, reports the Catholic News Service.
'This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,' Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, said at a news conference yesterday detailing preparations for the Holy See’s preparations for the canonisations on April 27.
Cardinal Vallini said that although we might be used to hearing about saints, these two men are 'Bishop Popes,' underlining the need to place a special emphasis on their relationship with the Church, given its profundity.
What links the two men together, he observed, is their faith; he noted they were both models of Christian life and faith, and that in the light of this faith they lived their lives in light of 'a goal.'
Msgr Walter Insero, head of the Diocese of Rome’s communications office, revealed there are two key events which will take place the final days leading up to the Mass of Canonisation.
The first event to take place will be an April 22 gathering for youth on at the Archbasilica of St John Lateran. Then on April 26, there will be an all-night prayer vigil during which 11 parishes in the centre of Rome will be open with the possibility to pray and to receive Confession in various languages.
Sobriety is the order of the day for double canonisation (Vatican Insider)