Evidence of the both/and nature of the church. Things are proceeding at their lentamente/subito pace, with dates for the canonization of both men scheduled for April 27, 2014.
This marks two adaptations – one is that Bl. John Paul II will be made a saint in record time for our contemporary era. The other is that Pope Francis has made it possible to move forward with the canonization of Bl. John XXIII without the required approved miracles.
Despite the feelings that I had regarding fast and slow, written about in a prior post (see Santo subito? Santo lentamente?), I do believe that the dual canonization is a good and beautiful thing.
In the tiny speck of history that is our time, I suspect that future generations will see a profound symmetry and a call to unity in this action.
I am ever grateful for the presence of the current Bishop of Rome, Francis, who advances these things with grace and wisdom. AMDG!
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