In Vatican City, crowds outside the Vatican shouted for Pope John Paul II to be made a saint immediately, during his funeral in 2005. The crowds chanted “Santo subito!” They chanted for one of the most beloved Christianity figures in the modern world.
A step forward in Catholicism’s
Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul the II’s successor, has set May 1st 2011 as the date for John Paul’s beatification. A step forward in Catholicism’s, is being the highest honor as to be submitted to sainthood. This will be a major morale boost for the Roman Catholic Church still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, involving Maciel a Roman Catholic priest.
In spite of the Maciel case, Vatican officials have stated there was nothing in John Paul’s record that put his beatification into question. Vatican watchers have noted that beatification isn’t a “score card” on how John Paul administered the church but, is to recognize the saintly life he led.
A French nun’s recovery from Parkinson’s disease was the miracle.
Pope Benedict XVI set this date after declaring that a French nun’s recovery from Parkinson’s disease was the miracle. This miracle used as for John Paul the II to be beatified. A second miracle will be needed for him to be canonized a saint. The French nun said she felt as if she had been reborn when she woke up two months after John Paul died, cured of Parkinson’s disease that had made the most simple things in life impossible. The nun and her fellow sisters of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Maternity Wards had prayed to John Paul.
This the last remaining hurdle before beatification concerned Pope Benedict’s approval that the cure of the French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, was a miracle due to the intercession of the late Pope John Paul the II.
The numbers may not reach the millions…..
The numbers may not reach the millions who flocked here for John Paul’s funeral, religious tours in his native Poland were already preparing to transport in the faithful to celebrate, Pope John Paul the II, a man many considered a saint while he was still alive.
The Rev. Pawel Danek, who directs a museum in John Paul’s family home and said Pope Benedict XVI had listened to the prayers.
“The Holy Father has confirmed what we all felt somehow,” he said. “For us, John Paul the II’s holiness is obvious.”
“His life was one a model of love, respect and forgiveness for all.”
Carl Anderson, director of the Knights of Columbus, one of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organizations, said John Paul’s life was a model of “love, respect and forgiveness for all.” And he also was quoted as saying: “We saw this in the way he reached out to the poor, the neglected, those of other faiths, even the man who shot him.Anderson said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “He did all of this despite being so personally affected by events of the bloodiest century in history.”
The Vatican news paper L’Oservatore Romano quoted
In these terms: “A passionate witness to Christ from his childhood to his last breath.”
“John Paul II did everything he could for life, to defend life,” “He was very close to the smallest and weakest. How many times did we see him approach a handicapped person, a sick person?”