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Friday, February 18, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 18 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today.

  "The beatification of Servant of God Pope John Paul II will be a major ecclesial event divided into the following five stages:

  "A preparatory vigil organised by the diocese of Rome will take place at the Circus Maximus on the evening of Saturday 30 April (preparation from 8.30 to 9 p.m., vigil from 9 to 10.30 p.m.), organised by the diocese of Rome which had the Venerable Servant of God as its bishop. The vigil will be led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, His Holiness' vicar general for the diocese of Rome, while the Holy Father Benedict XVI will be spiritually present through video linkup.

  "The beatification ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday 1 May in St. Peter's Square, presided by the Holy Father. Participation in the event does not require a ticket, although access to the Square and surrounding areas will be regulated by the police.

  "The veneration of the remains of the new blessed will be possible for all faithful, beginning immediately after the beatification ceremony on Sunday 1 May. The remains of the new blessed will remain exposed for veneration in front of the Altar of the Confession in the Vatican Basilica for as long as the faithful continue to arrive.

  "A Mass of thanksgiving is scheduled to take place in St. Peter's Square at 10.30 a.m. on Monday 2 May, presided by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B.

  "The interment of the remains of the new blessed in the Chapel of St. Sebastian in the Vatican Basilica will take place privately".
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  1. My first pope! I remember his installation after the previous pope, which occurred right around the time I was catechized. Under his reign, I became an avid fan of EWTN and rapaciously studied all I could about the Roman Catholic Church. He inspired me to learn; Pope Benedict inspired me to write. Now I am establishing a school, which will soon be incorporated:


    I have now two new members in my laura:


    and another website:


    and I am now an published author of twelve books, with more on the way. These two popes have been of inestimable value to me! May God make them both saints!

  2. For what it is worth, my prayers will be going out to our Catholic Church during this blessed occasions.

    I'm sure that His Holiness Pope John Paul II with continue to be with U>S (usual sinners) in Spirit as He has been for so long now.

    In closing I would like to say that my wife is very pleased and honored that this major ecclesial event will be taking place on her birth date of May 1 and feels that in itself is a miracle but I'm sure that we Christians will forgive non believers for their lack of faith. :)

    God Bless Peace


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