Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
On This Date…
Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis, in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, canonized Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) and Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) – the first dual papal canonization in the history of the church.
Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) convened Vatican Council II in 1962, setting in motion “a broad new vision and set of reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.” Pope John Paul II attended Vatican II, having been ordained a bishop in 1958, one month prior to the election of Pope John XXIII.
Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) had “a vision of the Church as a bulwark against totalitarian forces,” no doubt shaped by his experiences of communism in his native Poland.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared to the disciples on Easter night, saying, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Today, we thank God for sending us Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.
– Father McLaughlin