Sunday April 27, 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the first Mass of Canonization of his pontificate in Saint Peter’s Square. The new saints are two popes whom many of us remember. Even if the major networks carry coverage, it may prove interesting to switch between the coverage of a major network and that of a Catholic television network. Two in our area are EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) and Telecare TV (a network founded, owned and operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY)
Where and when to watch:
Channel: EWTN (on Comcast, Verizon and other television providers) Live broadcast Sunday, April 27 at 3:30 AM, rebroadcast Sunday, April 27 at 7:00 PM.
Channel: Telecare (on Cablevision and Verizon) ) Live broadcast Sunday, April 27 at 3:30 AM, rebroadcast Sunday, April 27 at 8:00 PM.
Catholictv.com Sunday April 27, 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the first Mass of Canonization of his pontificate in Saint Peter’s Square. The Mass airs LIVE at 3:30AM and rebroadcasts at 11AM and 8PM ET.
EWTN.com Live broadcast Sunday at 3:30 AM, rebroadcast Sunday at 7:00 PM.
Some things to think about:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, "You've got a good chunk of humanity" in what we remember about these two men. Raising them to sainthood is "a very vivid way to say what holiness, heroic sanctity, the pursuit of virtue is for today. These are two men, both of whom would say, 'There's nothing saintly about me. I'm a sinner. I need God's grace and mercy.'"
Father Matt Malone S.J. writes in his America Magazine Of Many Things column:
“What we celebrate in their sainthood is what they have in common. This canonization is not about us or our narcissistic ecclesial politicking. It’s about what God has accomplished in the lives of these two great men of the church. And Pope Francis’ intention in canonizing them together, I venture to guess, has less to do with how you and I should relate to one another and much more to do with how you and I should relate to God. In other words, this joint canonization reminds us that the goal of Christian living is not to be right, but to be holy. The goal is not to possess the truth but to be possessed by the one who is truth, the one who is the way and the truth and the life.” Matt Malone S.J.
Read Matt Malone S.J.’s entire column at America Magazine.
Writings by and about these two popes: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/blog/john-xxiii-and-john-paul-ii-reading-suggestions/
Learn about their lives:
Read a biography of John XXIII at the Vatican website
Read a biography of John Paul II at the Vatican website
John XXIII’s Autobiography, Journal of a Soul