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The Day of Four Popes: The New Saints

The twentieth century

Four Popes and two Saints

April 27, 2014. Sunday

800,000 people pack St Peters square.

The terms liberal and conservative don’t really apply. They are both Radical in their own way. Two men of courage.

Popes of the twentieth century.

I’ve seen two Saints and four popes. This was a very special week.  an unprecedented double canonization.

An Argentine pope, a German pope, a Polish pope,  and an Italian pope.

Pope Francis the first pope from the western hemisphere.

Pope Benedict XVI from Regensburg, the first German pope in 800 years and the first pope to witness the conclave and election of his successor.

Saint John Paul II

The first Polish Pope. A man of unprecedented popularity. He visited 129 countries.

My family was one of a select few to met the holy father during his trip to Saint Louis in 1999.


Saint John XXIII

At my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday her first, cousin not a catholic, told me in 2000
I don’t think people today understand the love people felt for John XXIII.


Pope Benedict

all lived during my lifetime


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