Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2013 / 16:18 pm
Upon hearing the official date for John Paul II's canonization, the Washington, D.C., shrine dedicated to the former Pope is preparing to celebrate his sainthood and continuing "legacy of love."
"We want millions of people to come here to learn about their faith, and particularly John Paul II," Patrick Kelly, executive director of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine, explained to CNA Oct. 2.
"He is a saint and we can emulate that – that gift of self – in all walks of life."
On Sept. 30, the Vatican announced that Pope John XIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized together on April 27, 2014, the second Sunday of Easter, which is also Divine Mercy Sunday.