Longview church officials hail sainthood for Pope John Paul II
POSTED: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 10:39pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 10:48am
The Longview News-Journal — Catholic and Protestant ministers alike Friday were hailing the news Pope John Paul II would be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis approved sainthood for the Polish-born pontiff, who died eight years ago. He also decided to waive Vatican rules to canonize Pope John XXIII, who led the church during a five-year period of reorganization, until 1963.
“What most people recognized about Pope John Paul II, whether or not they are Catholic, is that his life and teachings never contradicted each other,” said the Rev. Xavier Pappu, pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Longview. “He worked very hard to spread God’s messages throughout the world.”
The Rev. Roy James, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Longview, agreed John Paul’s life followed his teachings.
“The most powerful image for me of him has always been when he went to the jail cell of the man who had shot him and they prayed together,” James said. “He was obviously a major presence in Christianity.”
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