It has been announced by the Vatican that Pope Francis will canonize two previous Popes – ones that have lived in our time and who have contributed greatly toward the reformation of certain elements in the Catholic Church’s 2000 year history. Both Pope John XXIII – 1958 to 1963 – and Pope John Paul II – 1978 to 2005 – will be officially elevated to the status of Sainthood on April 27th, 2014 by current Pope Francis.
This historic event will attract thousands – perhaps millions – of tourists to Rome in the spring of next year. Viking Travel has already created some preliminary itineraries at the request of several parishes around the Joliet Diocese and the Arch Diocese of Chicago. As Pope John Paul II, is the 1st Polish Pontiff, it has been said that the entire country of Poland will travel to Rome to witness the event. One can only imagine the throngs in St. Peter’s Square celebrating this amazing time in history.
The date of April 27th, 2014 is known as “Divine Mercy Sunday” a day of special graces received just after Easter – Sunday, April 20th. The combination of the Canonization and Divine Mercy Sunday will make this day one of the holiest days in memory.
For anyone interested in traveling to Rome to witness this event, contact Viking Travel – www.vikingtvl.com – or contact Richard Haymaker – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – or call at 630-571-4585 X 114. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible. Some hotels in Rome are already sold out. Visit the visit the Vatican for this once in a lifetime event.
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