The popes who will be recognized tomorrow as saints have key things in common. Both lived through wars and oppressions; both sought peace, human dignity and freedom; nor was humor foreign to either. One began a council; the other sought to establish it in deed and fact.
Last fall the U.S. bishops posted on their webpage a few points about their relationship. One was their relationship to the Second Vatican council: John XXIII its “instigator”; John Paul II its “codifier.”