Blesseds John XXIII, John Paul II to be made saints April 27.
The Diocese of Oakland will join in the celebration of the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II.
The Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, bishop of Oakland, will celebrate the Solemn Mass and Te Deum in Thanksgiving for the canonization of the two popes at 5:30 p.m. April 26, the eve of the canonization in Rome, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
The Te Deum is a Christian hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God sung as part of a liturgy on special occasions such as the election of a pope, the consecration of a bishop, the canonization of a saint or a religious profession.
Priests of the diocese have been invited to concelebrate.
A reception hosted, by the Polish community of the Diocese of Oakland, will follow the Mass.
The canonization takes place on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter, a celebration instituted worldwide by Blessed John Paul II during his papacy, which was from 1978 to 2005.
Since the beginning of his pontificate last year, Pope Francis has emphasized God's mercy and readiness to forgive those who recognize their need for pardon. He told reporters on the flight from Brazil after World Youth Day that Pope John Paul's promotion of Divine Mercy Sunday showed his intuition that a new "age of mercy" was needed in the church and the world.
On that same flight, when asked to describe the two late popes, Pope Francis said Blessed John was "a bit of the 'country priest,' a priest who loves each of the faithful and knows how to care for them; he did this as a bishop and as a nuncio."
Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul beatified him in 2000.
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