Blessed John Paul II in October? (feature article on beatification of John Paul II)
By Robert Strybel, "The Polish Answer Man" Blessed John Paul II in October? (feature article on beatification of John Paul II)
Blessed John Paul II in October?
By Robert Strybel, Our
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Bishop Pieronek was speaking soon after work had been completed on the report on virtues, the most important beatification document. On the basis of witness testimony and confirmed vital events, it attests that the candidate for beatification had achieved Christian virtues to a heroic degree. The other key document attests that a miracle had occurred following the popes death through his intercession. A medical commission has testified that French nun Marie Simon Pierre Normand had been suddenly and permanently cured of Parkinsons disease after invoking the late John Paul. It noted that the cure could not be medically explained.
Pope Benedicts closest aide Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who testified in the
beatification process, has added his weight to the expectations. The swiftest
possible beatification of John Paul II is the desire of everyone including
myself. I recall John Paul as a man of great courage, goodness and mercy
towards everyone not only in relations among people but also among nations,
said Bertone, the
Thanks to his
long-standing former assistant Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI,
John Paul II has been on a beatification fast track since shortly after his
death in April 2005. His process leading to the title of blessed got under way
on June 28th of that year. He thus became the first person in modern
In another sign
that beatification is at hand, reports that the transfer John Paul IIs remains
from their present entombment in the crypts to a side-chapel of St. Peters
Basilica is being planned have begun circulating at the
Many churchmen and rank-and-file faithful concur that October 16th
would be the ideal date to announce that the late Polish Pontiff had achieved
the first stage towards Catholic sainthood. Exactly 30 years earlier, on
But it would still be premature to announce the beatification at this time.
Stepped-up procedures do not mean that all canonical rules can be waived.
According to Father Jacek Urban, a member of the