As we anticipate the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, we might pause and reflect on what this means for the Church and for faithful Catholics throughout the world.
Here are a few resources you might find helpful and informative for your own thoughts and spiritual life:
Gumberg Library's webpage containing interesting information on this historical event.
As reported by Zenit:
Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II To Be Canonized on April 27th.
Information about Blessed John XXIII and Vatican II
Vatican Press Conference about the Canonization Ceremony (in Italian)
There is a wealth of interesting material on the Busted Halo Site. Here, Mike Hayes offers some insights into the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, as well as asking some questions about Bishop Oscar Romero.
Autobiography of John XXIII: Journey of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII (Image Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-0385497541). "Indispensable for those who would understand the mind which originated the updating of the Roman Catholic Church." - The New York Times Book Review.
If you are interested in the way that John Paul II revised the canonization process in 1983, here is the motu proprio Divinus Perfectionis Magister in English.
This article from The Journal of Philosophy by Susan Wolf explores the relationship between morality and sainthood.
One of the most frequently cited critiques of Wolf's position, by Robert Merrihew Adams, can be found here.
May 5, 2014 - Upcoming Concert will Celebrate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII
This event will bring together three world-class choirs and orchestras from Poland and the United States: the Carnegie Hall-based Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Washington Choral Arts choir.
Performances will include a 16th century canzona by Giovanni Gabrieli; the Sanctus from Giuseppi Verdi's Requiem Mass; Totus Tuus, a Marian work written by Polish composer Henryk Górecki; Jewish-American composer Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, performed in Hebrew; and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1.