Everyone seems to have a date when they think the Canonizations will occur, so we might as well join in.
There were some who felt it would be in October but we think that is just too soon considering the enormous amount of planning and preparation not only the part of the Vatican but also organizing all the groups that will want to attend.
Then speculation turned to December 8th, but this presents a problem that Pope Francis himself mentioned. Since Blessed John Paul II was from Poland, we can expect a large influx of pilgrims from that country, many arriving by bus. Roads at that time of year can be treacherous and so that would not be an ideal time for the Canonizations.
Our guess….of course it is only a guess….is that it will take place some time in the Spring of 2014. Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) was initiated by Blessed John Paul II and would make an interesting choice. In 2014 this falls on April 27.
We will keep posting any hard facts we get, but for now it is still up in the air. One thing we know, Pope Francis is full of surprises so all of the above may be wrong.