Rome prepares for canonization ceremony

Associated Press (AP)

ROME, Italy (WWLP) – Rome has been inundated with pilgrims arriving for Sunday’s canonization of popes John the 23rd and John Paul the second.

As the city’s streets swell with faithful, Roman officials are optimistic the preparations they’ve made will make sure everyone’s trip to the Italian capital is divine. Rome has been inundated with pilgrims arriving for Sunday’s canonization of popes John the 23rd and John Paul the second.

As the city’s streets swell with faithful, Roman officials are optimistic the preparations they’ve made will make sure everyone’s trip to the Italian capital is divine. The mayor of Rome says his city is ready for the influx of pilgrims and they are coming here by the throngs.

The city of Rome has invested some ten million dollars in the canonizations of these two popes, spending money on things like 12-thousand overtime hours, four-million water bottles for those thirsty pilgrims, and trying to re-direct the eternal city’s eternal traffic.

Now the ceremony will take place Sunday morning, and it will see saints made of arguably the two most influential popes of the 20th century. John the 23rd and John Paul the second, both men still enjoy great popularity, but they are both also very controversial.

John Paul the second because his critics say he did not do enough to stop the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, and john the 23rd because he initiated the reforms of the second Vatican Council, which 50 years later some conservative Catholics still oppose.

David D’Bonnabel, of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, said “There is nothing saintly about turning your back on the rape of children.”

Despite the criticism, both men will be made saints tomorrow. The only question is the weather.

Rain is forecast, but the pilgrims are praying for sun.

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