‘In the company of a saint: Catholics gear up for a rare double canonization’

Washington Times | Huffington Post

April 25th, 2014 by 

vatican

Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, and Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College, recently spoke with media about the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27, 2014.

Fr. Worcester told the Washington Times, “a canonization or beatification is rare, and ‘quite exceptional’ with two popes. Candidates for sainthood are expected to be suitable role models. A pope is a very strange choice because in some ways only popes can imitate him.”

Schmalz also told the Washington Times, “the canonization also is unusual because only one miracle has been attributed to the intercession of John. John Paul loosened the standards for sainthood. He eliminated the practice of choosing a person to argue against the candidacy — the so-called devil’s advocate — and reduced the number of miracles required for consideration of sainthood.”

Media Coverage:

Related Information:

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

| More

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
05/26/15 ‘White House point man on Freddie Gray has deep ties to Baltimore’
05/24/15 Blog: Dunbar Sets Out On Pilgrimage to Explore Roots of American Music
05/22/15 Holy Cross Awards 724 Bachelor of Arts Degrees During Commencement Exercises
05/22/15 First Nativity School of Worcester Student to Graduate from Holy Cross
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Holy Cross Awards 724 Bachelor of Arts Degrees During Commencement Exercises

Watch Video >
See video
Senior Spotlight: Holy Cross Is the Place to Strive Academically and Athletically, Says Evan Ocello

Watch Video >
See video
Senior Spotlight: Holy Cross Provides Small Campus with Big Reputation, says Valedictorian Nick Cormier

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

05/29/2015

Collaboration: James Stroud ‘80 and Center Street Studio

See More >
05/30/2015

Collaboration: James Stroud ‘80 and Center Street Studio

See More >
06/01/2015

Collaboration: James Stroud ‘80 and Center Street Studio

See More >
06/02/2015

Collaboration: James Stroud ‘80 and Center Street Studio

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

05/22/15

First Nativity School of Worcester Student to Graduate from Holy Cross

When Joao Vickttor “Joveto” De Carvalho ’15 walks across the stage at the College of the Holy Cross Commencement exercises, not only will he be the first member of...

05/19/15

‘New Brookings Study Shows Holy Cross Adds Value to Alumni Mid-Career Earnings’

The College of the Holy Cross fares well in new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, titled “Beyond College Rankings, a Value-Added Approach to Assessing...

05/19/15

‘USA Today Ranks Holy Cross No. 2 Among the 10 Best Roman Catholic Colleges in the Country’

USA Today College

According to USA Today College, the College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 2 among the 10 best Roman Catholic colleges in the country. The article lauds Holy Cross for its...