Local Catholics head to Rome for pope canonizations
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be made saints
A priest from Dartmouth is leading a pilgrimage of local Catholics to Rome to mark the canonizations of popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Sunday.
Rev. Dariusz Misiolek, a priest at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, says he was inspired by John Paul.
"For me it's like a connection of my spiritual life with him," Misiolek said. "He's definitely my mentor."
Pope John Paul travelled around the world and came to Halifax in 1984. He died in 2005, and almost immediately the campaign began to make him a saint.
John XXIII, who led the church from 1958 to 1963, will also be made a saint. That will mean changing the name of Blessed Pope John XXIII Parish in Dartmouth to Saint Pope John XXIII Parish.
Changing a church name doesn’t happen often. It will mean a new sign, letterhead and modifications to the website.
"There is a lot of administration stuff to do," Rev. Irek Bem said.
Bem said his congregation is welcoming sainthood for the church's namesake and some parishioners will be travelling to Rome.
"They are excited about that," Bem said. "Pope John XXIII was always considered to be a wonderful, loving pope who loved people and who brought so much changes to the church."