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Bishop shares thoughts on pope canonization

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Catholics around the world, including those in Winona, are celebrating the canonization of two popes on Sunday. Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona tells us that the Vatican will be packed this weekend, as pilgrims come from all over the world. 

    The two former popes being canonized are Pope John XXIII, who served from 1958 to 1963, and Pope John Paul II, who served from 1978 to 2005. Bishop Quinn says this canonization means so much more because they are modern figures, and many people were alive during their time as pope.
    "To know that these two wonderful men are saints. So often we think of saints as people who lived long ago. Here, both of these popes are part of our own experience," he said. 
Bishop quinn keeps two photos of his experience meeting John Paul the second in his home in Winona. 
    Another priest with the Diocese of Winona, Father Will Thompson, says it brings the purpose of the church to light. "When you go into churches and see the stained glass windows of saints and they're dressed up in clothes that we wouldn't think about wearing today for the most part," he said. "But to see these modern saints and think about they spoke like us, they acted very much like us."

    Pope John Paul II, soon to be Saint John II, actually named Quinn a bishop in 2003, and he said that makes this weekend all the more meaningful.
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