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School children are looking at souvenirs of Pope John Paul II in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland on Monday, April 7, 2014. A new multimedia museum to the pope will open this week at his Wadowice birth house just weeks before John Paul II is to be made a saint during a Vatican ceremony, led by Pope Francis on April 27. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

During this, the holiest of weeks for the Christian world, Jesus must be pleased at all the positive attention one of his churches is receiving, especially considering the negative image the Catholic Church has dealt with for the last few years.

But the new pope, the most popular Francis since Sinatra, has personally captured the hearts and minds of the faithful, and some not-so-faithful, around the world.

Last Sunday, "60 Minutes" devoted two complete segments to this humbly charismatic Jesuit from Argentina. A rabbi spoke of him with love, the president spoke of him with respect and a Vatican reporter spoke of him in terms of the great stories he generates.

Soon it will be time to shine a celestial light on two other popes. John XXIII and John Paul II are to be canonized as new saints of the church on April 27.

How splendid it would be if Francis would make one more progressive change for future canonizations: Do away with the archaic demand that there be two miracles attached to those who would be saints.

The human qualities of John and John Paul should have been enough to qualify. Let miraculous superstitions be a part of the old Catholic Church.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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