Pope John Paul II beatification on May 1, 2011, a step closer to be a saint

By on Jan 15, 2011 in Announcement, Europe Comments

Rome, ItalyPope John Paul II, being considered as one of the admired popes by Catholics worldwide, will be beatified on May 1, 2011, the feast of Divine Mercy in Rome.

Pope John Paul II / World Youth Day 1995 Philippines
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According to international news sites, the approval of Pope John Paul II’s beatification on May 1, which also falls on the the first Sunday after Easter, was made on Friday by no less than his successor and current pope, Pope Benedict XVI.

Reports said that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified, after the latter’s miracle that resulted to Parkinson’s disease recovery of a French nun, was authenticated and approved by Pope Benedict XVI.

The French nun was said to have been miraculously cured on June 3, 2005, merely weeks after the death of Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2, 2005 and was mourned by the entire Catholic Church and its members around the world.

As reported, a decree was released by The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, nearly six years after Pope John Paul II passed away, and who need one more authenticated miracle to become a saint.

After his beatification, which will be held at the St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II be given the title “blessed” and can be publicly venerated.

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla in Poland on May 18, 1920, spoke more than a dozen different languages, and visited about 129 countries including Philippines.

Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1995 in celebration of the World Youth Day, where his closing mass at Luneta was considered as the world’s largest Papal gathering and until now, with estimated attendees of more than 5 million.

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