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Local Catholic Church Celebrates Two New Saints

Fr. Larry Gosselin Calls Pope John Paul II 'Much More Than A Rockstar'

Local Catholic Church Celebrates Two New Saints

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It was a big weekend for the Catholic Church as two popes were canonized into sainthood.

Fr. Larry Gosselin recalled meeting Pope John Paul II in Arizona back in the 1980s.

"It was a very, very moving experience," he said.

It's something he said he will never forget.

"You were just at the height of a kind of jubliance. I've never experienced anything like it. He was like a rock star, really. But much more than a rock star. Much more than the Rolling Stones. I've seen the Rolling Stones too and he was much more than them," Gosselin said with a laugh.

Now John Paul II and John XXIII are the latest saints in the church. It has many celebrating but it's not just Catholics.

"I'm very excited about it, especially John Paul. I think during his reign he was a great pope," said Jay Yerman, who was visiting the mission from Novato.

"I was out at the synagogue last night and everybody was saying, 'Isn't this a wonderful thing that you have two new saints.' I mean, these are Jewish people. It was wonderful," said Gosselin.

Gosselin said this is now a time for joy and a good opportunity for the church to move forward.

"It's a very exciting time to be a Catholic and I think we all feel that."

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