Theories abound as to why Francis decided on a joint canonisation. Amid all the talk of politics, Fr Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light TV and the Holy See Press Office, reminds us of the true meaning of sainthood.
John Paul II considered himself a 'Man of the Council,' and had attended all four of its sessions himself, being particularly influential in shaping Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution of the Church. So what did it mean to him?
Some traditionalists fault John XXIII for weakening the Church. Liberals sometimes complain that John Paul II 'rolled back the clock' on Vatican II’s reforming spirit. What can be read into a joint-canonisation, asks John Allen.
Pope John Paul II was a holy man but is it too soon to call him a Saint, asks Paddy Agnew in The Irish Times.
Una Voce, an international lay movement that seeks to preserve the Latin liturgy, has republished this 1966 piece by the philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, who has been an influence on Pope Benedict XVI.
Australians can participate in the celebrations by attending Masses of thanksgiving and live coverage of the canonisations in Rome. Read where.
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.
His death after just 33 days in office shocked the world. His papacy was one of the shortest of all time, but he left its mark on the Catholic imagination. How might history have been different if Pope John Paul I had lived?
Pope John Paul was one of the most travelled human beings in history. Of all the journeys he undertook as Pontiff, few could match the emotion and symbolism of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Year 2000.
John Paul II was an actor, philosopher and poet, who witnessed first-hand the brutalities of Nazi and Communist rule of his native Poland and rose at a young age to be a force in the global Church.
He was a magnificent Pope who presided over a controversial pontificate, at times daring and defensive, inspiring and insular. John Paul II, 263rd successor of St Peter, left behind the irony of a world more united because of his life and legacy, and a Church more divided, wrote John L. Allen Jnr.
From the first day of his election, John Paul II's pontificate raised concern in Central Committee Communist headquarters. His 1979 visit to Poland was the detonator of revolution.
In one of his last great acts as a statesman, John Paul lobbied for peace in the Post-9/11 World. If his protests went unheaded, the succession of world leaders visiting him in Rome to discuss the crisis was a mark of the stature of his papacy.
John Paul's reign was one of the longest ever. In his 27-year Pontificate, it can be easy to overlook some of the key points that marked his life and his Papacy. Here are a few examples.
Pope John Paul came to Rome determined to deal with two historical events that fuelled anti-Catholicism: the condemnation of Galileo and the Inquisition, writes Ivan Kauffman.
John Paul's speech to Indigenous Australians at Alice Springs in 1986 embodies the most noble shared aspirations of Aboriginal Catholics and those wanting to see Aborigines take their place in the Australian Church, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.
The funeral of Pope John Paul II drew presidents, prime ministers, and crowned heads of State along with millions of pilgrims to Rome. The 'kiss of peace' even brought the warring presidents of Israel and Iran to shake hands.
When the cardinals elected Angelo Roncalli Pope on October 20, 1958, many regarded the 76-year-old as a transitional pope, little realising that his pontificate would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church.
In four short years, through his warm charity, obvious sincerity and plain commonsense, he achieved more in practical diplomacy for the Church than others have done through years of wrangling and finesse. He was the people's Pope, wrote Des O'Connor SJ.
Pope John XXIII sought to communicate not only with an insular Church, but with all people of good will. He wanted a universal Church that was just that. Here Vatican Radio looks at his 'social revolution.'