Quiz: A Pair of Saintly Popes

Two modern popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, will be canonized saints on Sunday, April 27th, by Pope Francis at the Vatican. How well do you know these blessed men?

Which Pope, John XXIII or John Paul II…

1. Was the first pope to be named as Time’s “Person of the Year.”  Highlight to reveal answer:  Pope John XXIII

2. Offered to mediate the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Pope John XXIII

3. Was the first pope to visit the White House.  Pope John Paul II

4. Was called “the Good Pope.”  Pope John XXIII

5. Was shot by an assassin and forgave him.  Pope John Paul II

6. Established “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  Pope John Paul II

7. Called and opened the Second Vatican Council.  Pope John XXIII

8. Established the first “World Youth Day.”  Pope John Paul II

9. Taught “Theology of the Body” about human love, marriage, and sexuality.  Pope John Paul II

10. Served in World War I as a chaplain and stretcher-bearer.  Pope John XXIII

11. Is proposed as “Righteous Among the Nations” for saving Jews during the Holocaust.  Pope John XXIII

12. Was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.  Pope John Paul II

13. Once said, “Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.”  Pope John XXIII

14. When asked how many people worked at the Vatican, he quipped, “About half.”  Pope John XXIII

15. Is known for urging, “Be not afraid.”  Pope John Paul II

16. Said, “Christianity is not that complex system of oppressive rules which the unbeliever describes; it is peace, joy, love, and a life which is continually renewed, like the mysterious pulse of nature at the beginning of Spring.”  Pope John XXIII

17. Said, “True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”  Pope John Paul II

18. Said, “What really maters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.”  Pope John Paul II

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