Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be Declared Saints

Pope John Paul IIPope John XXIII, the pontiff who called the landmark Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II, who crisscrossed the globe during his 26 years as leader of the Roman Catholic church, will be declared saints next spring, Pope Francis has announced.

The decision to canonize the pair had been expected since July, when Francis approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul, clearing the path for the fastest canonization in modern times.

During a meeting with cardinals inside the Apostolic palace on Monday, the pope revealed that the canonizations would take place on 27 April next year.