Pope Francis has announced that two of his recent predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, will be made saints on 27 April 2014 – the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday).
The announcement was made at a Consistory for Some Causes of Canonisation in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace on Monday 30 September 2013.
The Consistory is a gathering of cardinals and bishops either residing within 100 miles of Rome or travelling to the city.
John Paul II is the third longest serving Pope, 1978-2005, and one of his 104 overseas visits, in 1982, was an historic first visit to the UK.
John XXIII was pontiff from 1958-1963 and convened the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).
To allow for the simultaneous canonisation of both Popes, Pope Francis decided that only one miracle was needed for John XXIII’s cause to proceed.
Full section, including audio and galleries, looking back on John Paul II’s visit to the UK in 1982
The decrees, constitutions and declarations of the Second Vatican Council.