There's never been much doubt that was destined for sainthood. In more than a quarter-century as the head of the Holy See, he left such an indelible mark that at his funeral in 2005, mourners chanted "Santo subito (sainthood now)."
That road might have seemed less obvious for the other saint-to-be, Pope John XXIII — especially for young Catholics who may not be familiar with his relatively short but highly influential papacy, from 1958 to 1963.
"Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible," writes . "Indeed, one writer has noted that his 'ordinariness' seems one of his most remarkable qualities."
John XXIII, also known as "Good Pope John," was nearly 77 at his coronation and, because of his advanced age, was widely regarded as a "stop-gap" pope who wasn't going to make waves. Instead, he called the , which promulgated one of the most far-reaching and controversial reforms in the Roman Catholic Church's history.
I like a Pope that shakes things up too. So as much as Pope John Paul II did things (I once went to his hometown and bought some Pope Soap on a Rope), come on jerks, you really think it's more important than the Vatican II? I mean, if nothing else, my mom's school cafeteria stopped serving fishsticks on Friday. Now that's influential. Also, I like Pope Francis more than Pope John Paul. John Paul was symbolic because of the Cold War ending and how Catholicism was a source of resistance in Poland (though arguably, Solidarity was even more of a source of resistance but Lech Walesa now seems to embarrass people).
So yes, John XXIII>Pope Francis>Pope John Paul II> Pope Benedict XVI
I also think I should be eligible for Sainthood before Pope Benedict.