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VATICAN CITY (RNS) “We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be saints, and we enrole them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole church,” Francis declared to the crowd in Latin during the two-hour ceremony.

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  1. Matthew 19:27-29
    27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

    Romans 1:6-7
    6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
    7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    If you are a daily follower of Jesus Christ, you are a saint. If you live a Christ-like life and you talk about the Bible and Jesus Christ in your daily conversations with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, you are a saint, set apart by, and for Jesus Christ.