Pope John Paul’s coffin is to be exhumed for the Beatification Ceremony in Rome. The Italian authorities and Church officials say that more than a million people may attend this May 1st event. Pope John Paul II will be declared a “blessed of the Church” at the Beatification Mass, which moves the Pope one step closer to sainthood. The Vatican has a warning for people who want to attend this ceremony, according to Yahoo News.
“For the Beatification Mass of Pope John Paul II, as made clear from the outset, no tickets are required,” according to Yahoo News. The Vatican stated on Friday. The Vatican officials are warning people to steer clear of vendors who are falsely selling tickets to this event.
“Faithful attending the Beatification Ceremony of Pope John Paul II in Rome will be able to pray before his coffin. His wooden coffin will be exhumed from the crypts below Saint Peter’s Church. After the Beatification Ceremony, the coffin will be placed before the Basilica main alter. The coffin will remain in this location until everyone who wants to see it has had the chance to, says the Vatican.
Pope John Paul II’s coffin will have a final resting place in a chapel along the side of St. Peter’s Basilica. A dead person must be declared by the Church to have prompted a miracle in order for a person to go through the Beatification Ceremony. “For Pope John Paul II to be declared a saint, a second miracle must be declared after the Beatification Ceremony,” according to Yahoo News.
During the time that Pope John Paul II was the reigning Pope, Communism collapsed in eastern Europe, starting with Pope John Paul II native homeland, Poland. Yahoo News reports that tens of thousands of Poles are expected to attend this event.
Pope John Paul II journey to Sainthood is good news for the Catholic Church, who is just coming out of a period of lawsuits and negative attention due to allegations of covering up for priests who were accused of molesting children.
The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Council reports that they have been very pro-active taking many precautions against this re-occurring within the church.
According to Connecticut Catholic.org, Since 2002 “Connecticut Catholic dioceses and parishes have conducted over 2,500 classes on identification of early warning signs and on mandatory reporting; trained 234,000 clergy, lay employees, parents, and youth; and conducted over 68,000 criminal background checks.”
Reference: Yahoo News, Connecticut Catholic.org