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Paprocki Attends Canonization of Two Popes
Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki was one of nearly two dozen heads of state at the papal canonization ceremony in Vatican City this weekend. Pope Francis, aided by his predecessor Benedict, canonized two of the Catholic Church's former holy fathers, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
Paprocki met Pope John Paul II many times when he was pope. He shared his story of the last time he saw the former pope.
"It was during our visit in 2004," he said. "And by then, he was being moved around in the mobile throne that they had for him. After our meeting with him, they were wheeling him out of the room. They turned him around and he waved at us. And I had this feeling this would be the last time I saw him, but I also saw the sense of his profound holiness, and it was just palpable. And I'm not surprised at all that he's being named a saint."
Paprocki also talked about Pope Francis, saying the Catholic church leader is "changing the view of the church in the world."