Pope John Paul II to be beatified

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Pope John Paul II to be beatified

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Pope John Paul II to be beatified

Pope Benedict XVI has begun the process to beatify his predecessor John Paul II, the first step to sainthood.
"The cause for the beatification of John Paul II is open," the new Roman Catholic leader told priests meeting at Rome's Basilica of St John in Lateran.

The Pope waived the usual rules which require a five-year wait before the Church begins to make someone a saint.

John Paul II died on 2 April, leading to widespread calls from Catholics worldwide for him to be made a saint.

Life examined

The announcement - read out in Latin - was met with a standing ovation from the priests attending the meeting.

It comes on the anniversary of an assassination attempt on John Paul II's life in 1981, when he was shot in St P
eter's Square by a Turkish gunman.

Information will now be gathered on the former pope's life and teachings, including all private writings from the period before he became pope, and checked for orthodoxy to ensure that he expressed no heretical views.

A commission of historians will be appointed to gather all of the documents together, which will then be examined by panels of theologians, and cardinals and bishops.

If a two-thirds majority agree with John Paul II's beatification Pope Benedict XVI will then be called upon to give his own approval.

Miracle needed

But Vatican expert Michael Walsh told the BBC that for the process to be complete the Vatican authorities will then have to establish that a miracle has been ascribed to Pope John Paul II.

"They have to prove someone has been miraculously healed... by his intercession, by praying to John Paul II, he or she has recovered from cancer or something of that sort," he said.


Beatification allows public veneration of the person and for the person to be known as "Blessed".


Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/e ... 543501.stm

Published: 2005/05/13 10:08:53 GMT

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Post by admin » Fri May 13, 2005 5:51 am

Great move, Ratzinger! I already have a list of miracles to ask of the Pope (the real one, you know... you're not quite there yet, Ratzinger). I have to start praying now so I can beat my Ann Pale colleagues to the punch (especially Jafrikayiti).

What about you, dear reader, what miracle would you like to see? Since he died, John Paul II has been visiting Ann Pale every single day, first thing in the morning. So this is a good place to communicate with him as any.

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Re: Pope John Paul II to be beatified

Post by Gelin_ » Mon May 16, 2005 4:22 pm

[quote]..."They have to prove someone has been miraculously healed... by his intercession, by praying <U>to</U> John Paul II</B>, he or she has recovered from cancer or something of that sort," he said.[/quote]
What happened to the first holy father who has always been in heaven? What's wrong with praying to him directly?

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Post by admin » Mon May 16, 2005 5:50 pm

Gelin, the problem with you is that you always want to simplify everything. Why go in a straight line lò ou kab fè kèk chemen dekoupe? It's more fun that way.

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