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Two giants of 20th century Roman Catholicism will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion-member Church.
Two giants of 20th century Roman Catholicism will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion-member church.
Pope John XXIII's papacy ran from 1958 to 1963 and was marked by his call for the church to modernize with the Second Vatican Council. Pope John Paul II's nearly 27-year papacy ended with his death in 2005, after his trips around the world made him the most visible pope in history. Both will be declared saints by Pope Francis.
In the photo above, a monument of the late Pope John Paul II stands in Czestochowa, southern Poland on April 2.
A bas-relief sculpture of the late Pope John Paul II, made of bronze, being worked on in Krakow, Poland on April 17. The late Polish pope is hailed for helping to bring down the fall of communism. But he has also been criticized for not doing more about the child sexual abuse scandals that came to light during his papacy.
Sculptor Dondon Awa cleans the head of a statue of the late Pope John Paul II in Tayuman, Manila on April 11. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, Poland was elected the first non-Italian pope in 450 years in 1978. He inspired millions of Catholics around the world by taking the papacy on the road, visiting about 140 countries, for many their first papal visit.