Officially, Blessed Pope John Paul II

(CNS/Grzegorz Galazka, courtesy of Postulation of Pope John Paul II)

VATICAN CITY — “John Paul II is blessed because of his faith — a strong, generous and apostolic faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor.

Italian police estimated there were more than 1 million people in St. Peter’s Square, around the Vatican and watching the Mass on large screens at the Circus Maximus.

Pope Benedict read the formula of beatification at the beginning of the liturgy after Cardinal Agostino Vallini, papal vicar for Rome, petitioned the pope “to inscribe the venerable servant of God John Paul II, pope, among the number of blesseds.”

The pope responded by declaring, “the venerable servant of God, John Paul II, pope, henceforth will be called blessed” and his feast will be Oct. 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate in 1978.

The crowds burst into sustained applause, many people cried and brass players intoned a fanfare as soon as the pope finished reading the proclamation.

In his homily, Pope Benedict spoke of Pope John Paul’s suffering and his battle with Parkinson’s disease, which eventually crippled him.

“There was his witness in suffering: the Lord gradually stripped him of everything, yet he remained ever a ‘rock,’ as Christ desired. His profound humility, grounded in close union with Christ, enabled him to continue to lead the church and to give the world a message which became all the more eloquent as his physical strength declined,” the pope said.

Pope Benedict also reminded the crowd of how devoted Pope John Paul was to Mary and to following her example of complete faith.

“Blessed are you, beloved Pope John Paul II, because you believed,” the pope prayed at the end of his homily. “Continue, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people.”

4 Responses

  1. actually i didnt see the beatification of the l8 pope, pope john paul II becoz i attend the DIOCESAN PASTORAL ASSEMBLY here in our parish!! STS. JOACHIM & ANNE PARISH

  2. Why did JohnPaul2 consecrate the “WORLD” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and not consecrate “RUSSIA”, as the Queen of Heaven and earth asked for , specifically? Because this is all politics. The church cares more about politics than OBEYING Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth.

  3. Before the death of Pope JohnPaul ii, the world itself knows He is a Saint.How I wish He consecrated Rusia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary before His death.

  4. My family is a devotee of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Our miracle baby was born safely with our devotion to him with Mary, mother of God and above all to our almighty God. We named him after the Pope John Paul II as Giovanni Paulo in his goodness and intercession to us in our prayers.

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