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Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II delight Utah Catholics
Religion » Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two influential Christian leaders of the 20th century.

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For Salt Lake City Catholic Virginia Silcox, saints are important because they make for a better life.

"They become larger than life," Silcox said. "It just happens. I don’t know why it happens, but we need it."

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Humanity needs these examples to show us that obstacles can be overcome, she added.

"It’s easy to become filled with despair and we can look up to them as people who have transcended that," she said. "It brings us joy because we need models in our lives. And it gives us hope — hope more than joy, perhaps."


Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack contributed to this story.

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