What You Need to Know About the “Two Popes Canonization”

There is a whole series of events going on this week in anticipation of the canonization of popes John XIII and John Paul II on Sunday (April 27), and it can be difficult to keep track of it all. Here is where to follow the canonization news and events:

Official Website

There is a new website up and running to provide information specifically about the canonization. The website is:

This site will provide you with news about the events of the week in several  languages, and also includes live streams of the events. This is the headquarters for the canonization on the internet.


For news about the canonization on Twitter check out the following accounts:

The official hashtag for the canonization is #2PopeSaints. If you search this hashtag on Twitter it will show you everybody who is tweeting about this event around the world.

Watching the Canonization

Live coverage of the Mass and canonization on television will be on EWTN Sunday morning, 3:30-7:00 am Eastern time. It will be replayed on Sunday evening, 7:00-10:30 pm Eastern time.
To find EWTN on television in your area you can use the Channel Finder. You can even stream EWTN live on their website.

The canonization will also be live streamed on news.va.

What to Expect During the Canonization

If you are planning to watch the canonization events it will be useful to know that the Vatican has released a liturgy guide that give background on the two popes and then walks you through what is happening during the canonization. The guide can be found Here.

The ceremony start with the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (see page 58 of the Liturgy Guide). Afterward, the Litany of the Saints is prayed (pg 63) and then Mass begins. The canonization actually takes place at the beginning of the Mass, right after the introductory rights.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints petitions the Holy Father three times for the elevation of John Paul II and John XXII to sainthood (pg 65). After the first petition the Holy Father responds with a call to prayer for all of the faithful. After the second petition the “Veni Creator Spiritus” is sung. After the third petition the Holy Father declares Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints (pg 72).

After the popes are declared saints, relics of each pope are placed near the altar and incensed. The “Iubilate Deo, Cantate Domino” is sung (pg 75) and then Cardinal Amato thanks the Holy Father for elevating the Popes to sainthood (pg 77). From here the Gloria is sung and then Mass continues as it usually would.

Will you be watching the Canonization live? Or will you catch the highlights or a replay later?


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