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This Sunday, Pope Francis will elevate two former popes to sainthood: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

While Pope John XXIII is remembered as an icon of the progressive wing of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II is remembered for upholding orthodoxy and doctrine.

Millions of pilgrims are expected to descend upon Rome for the joint canonization, which occurs just one week after the ceremonies of Holy Week.

NPR's Senior European Correspondent Sylvia Poggioli joins Here & Now's Robin Young from Rome to discuss this weekend's canonization and the disparate legacies of these two popes.


This segment aired on April 25, 2014.

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