Aggies React to Canonization

Good to Know:

  • The official hashtag for Sunday's event is #2popesaints
  • An estimated 8,000 people attended the event in person at St. Peter's Square.

COLLEGE STATION - The Catholic Church has two new saints.

Part of the canonization ceremony on Sunday was the presentation of relics...blood from John Paul II, and skin from John the altar.

These physical remains are meant to be something touched by the popes when they were alive to make the experience more real.

Some members of the crowd even made the trip of a lifetime to see it in person.

"We just slowly moved our way into the Vatican over a period of about 12 to 13 hours."

Texas A&M Student Timothy Walker was among the estimated 800,000 people to catch a glimpse of history unfolding. As he sat three miles from the Vatican, he described what it was like.

"It's like a toothpaste effect because it felt as if all of us as a group, the thousands of people trying to get into St. Peter's square, were being slowly squeezed out of a tube of toothpaste like toothpaste is, and there was really no way you could fight the momentum," Walker said.

"It was an amazing and incredible experience, one that I don't think I'll ever forget."

Walker tells News Three he found out he was going on the trip back on Valentine's day when his friends got together and surprised him with the news.

For Catholics here in Bryan and College Station and for Catholics all over the world, the Day of Four Popes, as it's being called, is an exceptional occasion. One that many say won't happen again in their collective lifetime.

"To see two popes canonized at the same time and to have two popes present, one pope and one pope emeritus present there...I would say yes. Definitely it's something that won't happen in a while," said Matthew Krusleski, also a Texas A&M student.

Going forward, many in the Catholic Church are filled with excitement.

"I'm so excited for the upcoming years of who else is going to be canonized or how the church is going to change the world and change hearts and I couldn't be more blessed to be a part of the Roman Catholic Church," said Aggie Tutia, also an A&M student.

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