Friday, January 14, 2011

The Bestest, Coolest Birthday Present: Pope John Paul II Will be Beatified on May 1st, on My Birthday

This is so awesome!!!  Pope John Paul II's beatification is going to occur on the same day as my birthday.  I think this is a sign from God.  This is going to be an extra-special birthday for me this year.  I can't wait for the big day.  God Bless Pope John Paul II always, but especially on the date of his beatification, May 1st.

From the Associated Press:

During Pope John Paul II's 2005 funeral, crowds at the Vatican shouted for him to be made a saint immediately. "Santo subito!" they chanted for one of the most important and beloved pontiffs in history.
His successor heard their call. On Friday, in the fastest process on record, Pope Benedict XVI set May 1 as the date for John Paul's beatification — a key step toward Catholicism's highest honor and a major morale boost for a church reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal.
He set the date after declaring that a French nun's recovery from Parkinson's disease was the miracle needed for John Paul to be beatified. A second miracle is needed to be canonized a saint.
Benedict himself will preside at the May 1 ceremony, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome for a precedent-setting Mass: Never before has a pope beatified his immediate predecessor.
Carl Anderson, head 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."
"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 newspaper L'Osservatore Romano described his saintliness in these terms Friday: "A passionate witness to Christ from his childhood to his last breath."
The last remaining hurdle before beatification concerned 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.
The nun has said she felt reborn when she woke up two months after John Paul died, cured of the disease that had made walking, writing and driving a car nearly impossible. She and her fellow sisters of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Maternity Wards had prayed to John Paul.
On Friday, Simon-Pierre said John Paul was and continues to be an inspiration to her because of his defense of the unborn and because they both suffered from Parkinson's.
John Paul "hasn't left me. He won't leave me until the end of my life," she told French Catholic TV station KTO and Italy's state-run RAI television.
Wearing a white habit and wire-rimmed glasses, she appeared in good health and showed no signs of tremors or slurred speech, common symptoms of Parkinson's.
"John Paul II did everything he could for life, to defend life," she said. "He was very close to the smallest and weakest. How many times did we see him approach a handicapped person, a sick person?"
Last year, there were some questions about whether the nun's original diagnosis was correct. But in a statement Friday, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said Vatican-appointed doctors had "scrupulously" studied the case and determined that her cure had no scientific explanation.
Once he is beatified, John Paul will be given the title "blessed" and can be publicly venerated, or worshipped. Many people, especially in Poland, already venerate him privately, but the ceremony will allow Catholics to publicly worship him.
The Vatican said John Paul's entombed remains, currently in the grotto underneath St. Peter's Basilica, will be moved upstairs to a chapel just inside a main entrance for easier access by the public.


Jean M. Heimann said...

How cool is that? I'm happy for you and so excited about this upcoming event. Wouldn't it be the best birthday present ever to be able to attend his beatification?

BTW, I love your blog. I am a subscriber and enjoy reading your posts. You're doing a wonderful job here! :)

Teresa said...

It is indeed cool. It would be great! I don't know if I will be able to make it to Rome due to finances but I will trust in God and whatever happens, according to His will is fine with me.

Thank you for subscribing and reading my posts. I subscribe and really enjoy reading your posts also. It's awesome how you keep your blog so up on current events in the Church.

Love your blog :) Thanks so much for all your compliments. God Bless!

Amusing Bunni said...

This is beautiful News and You will be extra blessed this year, Teresa. I bet the Vatican website will be live streaming it, so you can watch that way.

Teresa said...

I never thought of that Bunni. Great idea! I'll have to check on that. Thanks so much and God Bless, Bunni!