04/27/2014 2:20amPope Francis declares John XXIII and John Paul II saints in first ever dual papal canonization.
04/27/2014 3:41amIn a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI honored Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes. For such a momentous occasion, the ritual is actually quite short and surprisingly straightforward, with the added benefit that the relics of the two new saints were presented for universal veneration by the church for the first time. Here are five points of the ceremony, which is conducted in Latin, the official language of the Catholic Church.
04/27/2014 4:41amIn an annual ritual, Israel will come to a standstill Monday morning for the country's official Holocaust remembrance day. Air raid sirens will wail across the country as pedestrians stop in their tracks and drivers exit their vehicles and bow their heads to honor the six million victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II that wiped out a third of world Jewry.
04/27/2014 10:31amTwo 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church have been elevated to sainthood.
04/27/2014 12:40pmNine years after his death, tens of thousands of Poles lauded their beloved countryman, Pope John Paul II, as he was declared a saint in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony Sunday.
04/27/2014 1:30pmTens of thousands of faithful around Latin America on Sunday celebrated the canonization of the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII with pre-dawn vigils, music, prayer and much faith, especially for the Polish pontiff so beloved across the region.
04/27/2014 4:52pmTwo 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.