Blessed John Paul II’s canonization will strengthen the pro-life movement


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Left: Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, concelebrates Mass at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II and several American archbishops.

STATEN ISLAND,  NY  -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today about the impending canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II:

“I am delighted that the date has now been officially set for the canonization of Pope John Paul II. When I worked at the Vatican I was privileged to be in many meetings with him, along with other pro-life leaders from around the world. He is a gift to the Church in so many ways, and what we celebrate in a special way at Priests for Life is that he is the Pope of Life. His canonization will strengthen for the Church the significance of the pro-life writings he left us – especially Evangelium Vitae – and of the pro-life initiatives he took.”

Following his appointment in 1997 to the Pontifical Council for the Family, Father Pavone lived and worked in Rome for two years. He still travels frequently to Rome, and is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

The Vatican announced this morning that Blessed Pope John Paul and Blessed Pope John XXIII will be canonized on the same day, April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.

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