ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- On Sunday, former Roman Catholic Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony witnessed by huge crowds gathered in St. Peter’ s Square. Pilgrims from St. Louis made the trip to Vatican City for the ceremony making the two pontiffs saints.
Many in Saint Louis remember fondly the visit by Pope John Paul II to St. Louis in 1999. During his visit, he attended a large youth rally at what is now Scottrade Center and celebrated a large Mass at the now Edward Jones Dome.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Sunday, April 27, at 10:00am.
At Noon local time, Catholic churches around the world will ring their bells to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Kenrick Glennon Seminary, and many others will participate in the tintinnabulation.