Watch videos from our new media journalist, Lisa Johnston, as she meets up with some wonderful Catholics of interest as she is covering the Archdiocesan pilgrimage to the canonization of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis, is the cardinal prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican. The cardinal studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome when St. John Paul II was pope. Cardinal Burke recently explained how the new saint affected the tone and direction of canon law.

Brianna Bell, a 19-year-old from St. Joseph's in Cottleville, talking about her pilgrim experience.

Director of Communications and Planning, Katie Pesha, from St. Peter's Square at the conclusion of the Mass of canonization.

Seminarian Zac Povis, who is studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, but he is on his way back to St. Louis this week to be ordained as a Transitional Deacon for the Archdiocese on Sat., May 3.

Dominican Friar, Father Michael Joseph Monshau, formerly professor of homiletics at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and now teaching at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum), Rome. Father talks about Pope John XXIII.

Cardinal Seán O'Malley as he readies to enter the Vatican and bestows a blessing on the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Father Robert Barron, Word on Fire Ministries


Video from Assisi

Watch a video from Assisi, with a discussion about the impact Pope Francis had on the town where St. Francis lived.



Pictures from the Mass of Canonization of St. John Paul II and John XXIII in Rome

The pilgrims from St. Louis visited the Italian towns of Assisi and Orvieto, before making their way to Rome for the canonization ceremony. See pictures from the pilgrimage, taken by Review new media journalist Lisa Johnston.



SLU theologian pens book describing legacy, joy of St. John XXIII

Randy Rosenberg, professor of systematic theology at St. Louis Universtiy, has written a new book entitled, “The Vision of St. John XXIII.” The book outlines the saint’s pastoral vision and approach to his pontificate that heralded the Second Vatican Council.

When Randy Rosenberg gave a lecture on the pastoral vision of St. John XXIII almost three years ago as part of the annual Newman Convocation in St. Louis, it was long before the prospect of the...
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Editorial | 'Super Bowl of Catholicism'

Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis were in Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, for the canonization of two of the most beloved pontiffs of the Church in our time, St. John XXIII and St...
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Canonization opens way for universal celebration of popes' feast days


From the moment Pope Francis said, "We declare and define Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints" and "they are to be venerated as such by the whole...
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DEAR FATHER | Canonization of a saint is an application of the Church's infallibility

Msgr. Matthew Mitas

It seems that Pope St. John Paul II’s canonization went through very rapidly; just what is the current process for canonizing a saint?

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GUEST COLUMNIST | My pilgrimage intention: From womb to tomb

Katie Pesha

I just returned from Rome, where I had the fortune to attend the canonization of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II. I attended in a professional capacity in my role at the archdiocese, joining a...
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St. Louis pilgrms relish in sacrifices they made to attend canonization

From getting up at 4 a.m. to braving the crowds in and around St. Peter's Square, the sacrifices they made were well worth it, said St. Louis pilgrims who went to Rome to witness the canonization...
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Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes Sts. John and John Paul

Floribeth Mora Diaz, accompanied by her husband Edwin, carries the relic of St. John Paul II, after presenting it to Pope Francis during the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul at the Vatican April 27. Mora Diaz's cure from an aneurysm in 2011 was the second miracle in the sainthood cause of St. John Paul.

VATICAN CITY — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage...
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Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali describe time spent with saints

Pope John Paul II twirled his cane as a gathering of 20,000 youths cheer him on in St. Louis in 1999. It would be his last visit to the United States, although he made 19 other trips outside Italy before his death in 2005.

A St. Louis native and a former archbishop of St. Louis will be among the concelebrants at the Mass at the Vatican for the canonization of two recent popes, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII....
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While in Italy, the pilgrims were active posting reactions, impressions and photos on social media. Here is a sample of some of their posts. On Twitter, follow @StLouis_Review, @archstl, @kpesha, @aeternusphoto and @stlvocations to see more. Use the arrow keys to go right or left to the next item.