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Archbishop Schnurr releases statement on pending canonization of Blessed John Paul II

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Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr released the following statement Friday, July 5 in response to news that Blessed John Paul II had been cleared by Pope Francis for canonization.

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“When Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, the cry immediately went up from the crowd in St. Peter’s Square of “Santo Subito” – “Saint Immediately!” In preparing for the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, of which I was the director, I met with Pope John Paul many times. In addition to resolve, kindness, a sense of humor and many other fine qualities, I observed in him that sanctity which the crowd proclaimed.  I am grateful that the Church’s careful process of canonization has confirmed what we all felt in our hearts.”

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