Friday, January 14, 2011

John Paul II to be Beatified on May 1st

The beatification of John
VATICAN CITY. A meeting with Pope John Paul II.

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Paul II will take place on 1 May, the first Sunday after Easter which is also Divine Mercy Sunday. The decree authorizing the beatification and which recognizes the miracle was signed today by Benedict XVI, and the announcement was made by the director of the Vatican press office, Fr Federico Lombardi. The miracle concerns the recovery from Parkinson's disease in a French nun, which took place June 3, 2005 after she and her Order sought the intercession of the Pope who had recently passed away. In St. Peter's basilica, work is already underway for the construction of a tomb, set in one of the altars, which will house the mortal remains of John Paul II once he is declared "blessed".

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