America's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that, in the Catholic Church, saints are usually 'museum pieces' who lived hundreds of years ago. But this will not be the case with Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, reports CBS.
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints in a historic double canonisation tomorrow.
'You've got a good chunk of humanity who can remember vividly these two men,' Cardinal Dolan told WCBS 880's Rich Lamb. 'This is going to be a very vivid way to say that holiness, heroic sanctity, the pursuit of virtue is for today. These are two men, both of whom would say, "There's nothing saintly about me. I'm a sinner. I need God's grace and mercy."'
He said this Sunday's canonisation will be unique.
'I don't think there's ever been a canonisation of two popes as saints together,' said Cardinal Dolan.
The Cardinal explains saints are those universally admired in the church, viewed as older brothers and sisters in the family of the faith, Lamb reported.
Dolan calls both men peasants in the best sense. 'A peasant, as poets use that word, meaning a man of the earth. A man of common people. Somebody who grew up the hard way,' said the Cardinal.
Three million people are expected to flock to the Vatican for the canonisation.
Read full article: Dual canonization of popes to highlight "heroic sanctity," Cardinal Dolan says (CBS)
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