(KPLR) - On Sunday for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church two popes will be declared saints in the same ceremony. Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized by Pope Francis at a special ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Experts say this first ever dual canonization of Popes is a call for unity in the Church, bringing together supporters of John XXIII, considered to be the more liberal wing of the church and John Paul II's more conservative supporters. Our panel of Catholics believe the dual canonizations is part of Pope Francis' call for unity in the church.
Guests: St. Louis Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice, Father Jason Schumer, Director of Worship at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Ed Martin who served as a special assistant to Pope John Paul II in the early 1990s and Father Ed Schmidt, Editor of the Institute of Jesuit Sources.
- History of Popes and the throne of St. Peter and John Paul II & John XXIII
- Pope Francis Catholic Church
- What does it take to become a Saint?
- Final thoughts the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII