Local Catholics in Rome for canonization of 2 popes



ROME – April 25, 2014 (WPVI) — About 50 Catholics from the Delaware Valley have traveled to Rome as part of a trip organized by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

It’s the trip of a lifetime to see two popes named saints: Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Two living popes will be in attendance for the canonizations – Pope Francis will conduct the mass with Pope Benedict XVI at his side.

“It’s just the thrill of a lifetime to be here, to be present, to feel the energy and the grace of the day. It’s just wonderful,” said Sister Alexa Meany, South Philadelphia. …

However, not everyone is celebrating Pope John Paul’s impending sainthood. Barbara Blaine is president of SNAP- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

She and others believe Pope John Paul could have done much more to uncover and prevent abuse by priests.

“Covering up and enabling sexual predators is not saintly behavior,” said Blaine

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