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January 13th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

John Paul beatification news could come Friday, reports say

By Richard Allen Greene and Hada Messia, CNN

The Vatican could announce as soon as Friday that the late Pope John Paul II is to be beatified, putting him on the verge of sainthood,  several Italian newspapers reported this week.

Catholic Church officials have credited him with a miracle, Il Giornale  reported Thursday, and all that remains is for the pope to confirm it. The  newspaper La Repubblica carried a similar report. Neither story named its  sources.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi refused to confirm the news,  but said it was "reasonable to expect it" if the Catholic cardinal in charge of  the beatification process had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.

The pope's daily audiences are normally announced at noon on the day they  take place.

A secretary for the official in question, Cardinal Angelo Amato, would  not say if he has an audience with the pope Friday.

Longtime Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale reported last  week that John Paul could be beatified in a service led by the pope by the end  of this year.

A beatification - which would make the late pope "the Blessed John Paul  II" - would be certain to draw hundreds of thousands of faithful.

Medical and theological experts have credited John Paul II with the  healing of a nun whose order prayed to him after he died in 2005. Sister  Marie-Simon-Pierre says she was cured of Parkinson's disease.

If the pope confirms it was a miracle, John Paul will be eligible to be  beatified, the last step before sainthood. Stepping from beatification to  sainthood requires a second miracle.

The Vatican office studying the case for John Paul's sainthood refused to  comment when questioned by CNN last week.

But if the miracle is confirmed by the Catholic Church, John Paul II  could be beatified as soon as April 2, the sixth anniversary of his death,  Tornielli said.

That would be very fast in Vatican terms.

Other possible dates are May 18, John Paul's birthday, or October 16, the  anniversary of the date he was elected pope in 1978, Tornielli said, suggesting  the last date is most likely, to give the church time to prepare what will be  an enormous event, even by the Vatican's standards.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI • Uncategorized • Vatican

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  1. CatholicMom

    Antonio,
    I clearly misquoted or mis-stated what I meant. God was speaking to two persons that were not of the world anymore as the Apostles were and as we are.
    When we think of people in Heaven we think of them in a state of being that is considered 'alive' just as Moses and Alijah are alive, but without their bodies....

    January 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  2. CatholicMom

    Antonio,
    Furthermore, Jesus Christ promised the Apostles that He would send them the Paraclete to bring them into all remembrance of what He had told them and to bring them into fullness of Truth as they could bear it and He would not let evil prevail against His Church, which is the House of God, the pillar and foundation of Truth. The Catholic Church is His Church and the interpretation of scripture is not a matter of private interpretation. Since Jesus Christ did not lie to the Apostles and His Church is still standing after 2000 years it is very simple to see who has the proper interpretation of the Bible...the Church that compiled the Bible...collecting the inspired scripture from amongst many scriptures and placing the Books in the Bible. No other has the right to wrongly interpret the Bible.

    January 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  3. Antonio

    ok now it did. So, what do you believe having this scripture to read on?

    January 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Antonio

    God is using his soul to work through him, even in heaven. Just because a person is dead, does not mean they can no longer do anything
    CATHOLICMOM 2..Congats! You are the first person that has cuased me to comment on a blog. After reading your post above, and seeing how adamant you were about God and dead people, and how god "works" through them, I had to post.

    Please read these scriptures, and tell me how you could possibly be correct in your thinking?

    "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7.

    "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7.

    The body turns to dust again, and the spirit goes back to God, who gave it. The spirit of every person who dies–whether righteous or wicked–returns to God at death

    What is the "spirit" that returns to God at death?

    "The body without the spirit ["breath," see margin] is dead." James 2:26. "The spirit of God ["the breath which God gave him," see margin] is in my nostrils." Job 27:3.
    The spirit that returns to God at death is the breath of life. Nowhere in all of God's book does the "spirit" have any life, wisdom, or feeling after a person dies. It is the "breath of life" and nothing more.

    "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7.
    A soul is a living being. A soul is always a combination of two things: body plus breath. A soul cannot exist unless body and breath are combined. God's Word teaches that we are souls

    "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezekiel 18:20. "Every living soul died in the sea." Revelation 16:3.
    According to God's Word, souls do die! We are souls, and souls die. Man is mortal (Job 4:17). Only God is immortal (1 Timothy 6:15, 16). The concept of an undying, immortal soul goes against the Bible, which teaches that souls are subject to death.

    "All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth." John 5:28, 29. "David ... is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." "For David is not ascended into the heavens." Acts 2:29, 34. "If I wait, the grave is mine house." Job 17:13.
    No, people do not go either to heaven or hell at death. They go to their graves to await the resurrection day

    "The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun." "There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10. "The dead praise not the Lord." Psalms 115:17.

    God says that the dead know absolutely nothing

    "So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep." "His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them." Job 14:12, 21. "Neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun." Ecclesiastes 9:6.

    No, the dead cannot contact the living, nor do they know what the living are doing. They are dead. Their thoughts have perished (Psalms 146:4).

    So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more." Job 14:12. "The day of the Lord will come ... in the which the heavens shall pass away."
    2 Peter 3:10.

    The dead will sleep until the great day of the Lord at the end of the world. In death, humans are totally unconscious with no activity or knowledge of any kind.

    And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4. "That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan." Revelation 12:9.

    Why did the devil lie to Eve about death?

    It is one of the cornerstones of the devil's kingdom. He has worked powerful miracles down through the ages through people who claim to receive their power from the spirits of the dead. (Examples: Magicians of Egypt–Exodus 7:11; Woman of Endor–1 Samuel 28:3-25; Sorcerers–Daniel 2:2; A certain damsel–Acts 16:16-18.)

    In the end-time Satan will again use sorcery–as he did in Daniel's day–to deceive the world (Revelation 18:23). Sorcery is a supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead.

    Posing as godly loved ones who have died, saintly clergymen who are now dead, Bible prophets, or even the apostles or disciples of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:13), Satan and his angels will deceive billions. Those who believe the dead are alive, in any form, will most assuredly be deceived.

    They are the spirits of devils, working miracles." Revelation 16:14. "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24.

    Yes, indeed! Devils work incredibly convincing miracles (Revelation 13:13, 14). Satan and his angels will appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and, even more shocking, as Christ Himself (Matthew 24:23, 24). The universal feeling will be that Christ and His angels are leading out in a fantastic worldwide revival. The entire emphasis will seem so spiritual and be so supernatural that only God's elect will not be deceived

    "They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11. "If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.

    God's people will know from their earnest study of His book that the dead are dead, not alive. Spirits of the dead do not exist. Therefore, God's people will reject all miracle workers and teachers who claim to receive special "light" or work miracles by contacting the spirits of the dead. And God's people will likewise reject as dangerous and false all teachings that claim the dead are alive in any form, anywhere

    A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones." Leviticus 20:27.
    God insisted that wizards and others with "familiar spirits" (who claimed to be able to contact the dead) should be stoned to death. This shows how God regards the false teaching that the dead are alive.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
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