.- A pilgrim group from Roncalli Newman Parish in La Crosse, Wis., has journeyed to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII, whose baptismal name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli.continue at Catholic News Agency
As the parish celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building, its pastor Fr. James Kurzynski felt “that it would be wonderful to have some parishioners go to Rome to be present at the canonization Mass to remember this great event in the context of our 50th anniversary.”
“I felt that it's not just a once in a lifetime opportunity but it made a lot of sense in terms of the different celebrations our parish is having - but also the celebration for the universal Church with the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII,” Fr. Kurzynski told CNA April 26.
The dual canonization is particularly meaningful for the 40-year-old Wisconsin pastor.
“Up until Benedict, the only Pope I really knew was John Paul II,” he recounted. Thus, “as someone who would consider himself a JPII Catholic and a JPII priest, it means a great deal to me in terms of being here.”