Saturday, April 30, 2011

The saints of John Paul II


During his 26 year pontificate, John Paul II named more saints and blessed than all his predecessors combined. He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies, during which he proclaimed 1,338 blesseds and performed 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints. For ten years, he was helped in this task by Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, as he was the main person responsible for judging the sanctity of the candidate.

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