Bishop Kevin Farrell
Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas was among an estimated 800,000 people who watched as two 20th-century popes were elevated to sainthood Sunday morning.
Pope Francis will make history Sunday at the Vatican. He will grant sainthood to Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The joint ceremony will be the first dual canonization in the church’s more than 2,000-year history.
The papal shockwaves rippled across the world — all the way to North Texas. News that Pope Benedict is resigning surprised the world. At first, Bishop Kevin Farrell, of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, thought the whole thing was a joke.