Local Catholics celebrate historic day for the church
Updated On: Apr 27 2014 09:13:06 PM EDT
It was an historic day for millions of faithful around the world as Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis in an unprecedented ceremony seen by huge crowds in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Millions more around the world watched as the two former pontiffs were for the first time installed as saints in a dual canonization. People in our area are celebrating as well. Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, a day that many celebrate to have their sins forgiven.
"I'm just so proud to have holy men being saints. Two men that I admire the most," said Father Ed Murphy, pastor at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
"I think he's marvelous. I think both of those men are absolutely outstanding in their field," said Bill Warner.
"I had the chance to study in Rome, to do my priesthood in Rome for seven years. And I participated in many encounters with him and he was a very special person, a gift of God with a big heart, very open, very friendly," said Daniel Guindon, associate pastor at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception referring to Pope John Paul II
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II were canonized in part because of what some are calling miracles performed on two women.
Sister Caterina Capitani was not expected to live after cancer surgery, but recovered after praying with Pope John XXIII.
Floribeth Mora prayed to Pope John Paul II and had what is said to be an unexplained recovery from a brain aneurysm.
"This is great because the doctors were able to recognize that it was a miracle, too. So you think how just a man is able to do that with the power of God, it's incredible," said Guindon.
"It's just amazing. It's a true blessing that we'll have somebody up in heaven that we can ask intercessory prayers from and know that we have a special person that we've met," said Donna Williams, who met Pope John Paul II.
As people in our area reflected on their faith, the historic celebrations continue in Rome. The event is the biggest in Vatican City since the election of Pope Francis last year.
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