Pope John XXIII
, known as the "Good Pope", is also much-loved on these shores and is seen as the reformer who gave the Church back to the people.
POPE Francis has cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonisation along with another beloved pope, John XXIII
Pope John XXIII
, who died in 1963, will also be canonised at the same time, even though a second miracle has not been attributed to him.
For the first time since the early 1960s, when Pope John XXIII
abolished the practice, Vatican workers are required to clock in.
The pope was buried in the grotto underneath St Peter's Basilica, on the site where Pope John XXIII
had been laid to rest until his corpse was exhumed for public display upstairs in the basilica.
Italy is continuing its tradition of religious TV dramas and the long-existing war between pubcaster RAI and Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset -- the two networks are each prepping a miniseries on the life of Pope John XXIII
. Last year RAI and Mediaset aired TV biopics on Padre Pio, a monk believed to have performed miracles.
Wills sees many of the popes since his day (though not John XXIII
) as Pio Nono's heirs, and he portrays that legacy as a disaster.
Perhaps hoping to ward off some of the criticism, John Paul beatified Pope John XXIII
at the same time he took the action for Pius.
and Pius IX were very different popes, the first a much-loved reformer, the latter a reviled arch- conservative.
The Vatican yesterday approved the final step necessary for the beatification of Pope John XXIII
He has carried the authoritarianism of the pope's office to an extreme, rolling back all the progressive gains of Vatican II, the council Pope John XXIII
called more than 35 years ago to bring the church into line with modern times.
Like Pope John XXIII
, when he launched aggiorniamento (updating) as the main business of the Vatican II Council, John Paul II has met opposition within the College of Cardinals.