Catholics in Chicago celebrate canonization

Unable to travel to Rome for the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, Cardinal Francis George will preside over a special Mass at Holy Name Cathedral Sunday evening.

The worship service will cap 24 hours of celebration across the archdiocese, which started Saturday night. At St. Hyacinth Basilica, about 500 parishioners gathered at 3 a.m. to watch a live broadcast of the ceremonies in St. Peter Square.

Banners with portraits of the two new saints were displayed on opposite sides of the altar in the Polish Village church.

A few hours later, hundreds processed from Holy Trinity at 1118 N. Noble St. to St. Hyacinth at 3636 W. Wolfram St. for another service in Polish, St. John Paul II’s native language. Parishioners there said they marched to honor the new saints with many carrying the flag of Vatican City and that of Poland.

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