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Rome prepares for beatification of John Paul II
Workers set up a giant photo of John Paul II at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City on Wednesday, April 27.
April 28th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Rome prepares for beatification of John Paul II

(CNN) - More than a million people are expected in Rome this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the biggest event in Vatican City since his death six years ago.

Hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful will gather in St. Peter's Square to witness the ceremony, the penultimate step towards John Paul II's sainthood.

Read the full story on preparations for the beatification

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

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  1. CatholicMom

    The Bible depicts the Son as having his ident!ty as the Son before his incarnation. In 1 John 4:9 we read, that "the love of God was made manifest among us [in] that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him." Thus, the second person of the Trinity was already the Son when he was sent into the world.

    The same truth is taught under a different analogy in John 1:1,14 where we read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Here the Word is pictured as having His ident!ty as the Word from all eternity.

    Whether as the Son of God or the Word of God, the second person of the Trinity is depicted as eternally proceeding from the first person of the Trinity.
    "Jesus Christ . . . was with the Father before the beginning of time, and in the end was revealed" (Letter to the Magnesians 6 [A.D. 110]). Ignatius of Antioch

    God, our Father, has been called ‘Father’ for all time which acknowledges the Son at the same time for without the Son, God would not be the Father.

    April 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  2. Upon this rock

    "For God so loved the World that He sent His Son into the World, so that whoever believes in Him will never perish but will
    attain Everlasting life." John 3:16

    Is that simple or what?!! That's all you need to know and believe>

    April 30, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • gerald

      So you throw the rest of the Bible out? What about the verse that says "the devil believes and trembles" or "not everyone who says "Lord, Lord" shall enter the kingdom but those who DO the will of my Father"? No what you need to do is follow him and that takes God's grace and the Holy Spirit leading you through life.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Jesus Christ died so that all MAY have life everlasting…. But some choose to not do the will of the Father…some choose to not believe ALL the verses of the Bible…. For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. John 3:16 [Douay-Rheims]

      People talk about being born again but not as in Baptism…but the Bible tells us to repent and be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit, and does not say that to be born again means to say the 'sinners’ prayer'.

      Rom 2.2:8…[eternal life by perseverance in good works, for instance, is rejected also.]
      James 2:14-26 [a man is justified by works and not by faith alone; faith without works is dead.]

      Yes, once we are Baptized we must do good works that merit in Heaven because it is Jesus Christ working through us….it is the will of the Father!

      Rom 2:5-8

      April 30, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Yeah, and we know how well scapegoating worked for the earlier supersti-tions that Christianity copied it from. How come your "god" couldn't deal with sin and all without needing a murder?

      April 30, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • jsaiditfirst

      Everlasting life is a gift from God, and not something "earned" through any particle of faith. Believing that the sun can keep you warm won't make you warm without first exposing yourself to it's rays.

      Believing that Christ death opened the door to our salvation by way of Gods undeserved kindness is not an assurance of everlasting life. Tenureship from a university might be ones hope, but is not something lightly given, without (first) considerable dedication. How could one expect "Everlasting Life" on the simple premise that they merely agree.

      “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life"--John 3:16

      I'm of the opinion that the scripture i just quoted is more involved than one might believe. This one scripture talks directly to each of us as individuals, and speaks volumes as He unfolds his declaration. So recieving something as awe-inspiring as everlasting life through Gods undeserved kindness comes with certain requirements and stipulations that are designed to benefit the true christian while weeding out the apostates of the world.

      First of all, John 3:16 begins by identifying God in the singular sense. There is no mention of "dualality" or "truin God" nor any ambiguity or redirection to an alternate god. Just "GOD"
      Secondly, the scripture expresses the true depth of his love for me, you and mankind, that he "gave his only begotten son". Any logically reasoning person would conclude the pluralistic meaning behind such a statement. It clearly denotes someone that came "from him", another, who is obviousely "not him". Afterall, I was begotten from my father, but that doesn't make me my father!
      Third, "everyone exercising faith in him". When i go to a gym (if i actually did) i would need to put forth some physical effort in order to say that i "exercised". Otherwise, i only went to the gym, and didn't really exercise. therefore faith is attributed to action, hence James 2:28 which tells us: "Faith without works, is dead"
      Fourthly, "that we might not be destroyed" implies that we can suffer destruction (by GOD) as a result of not "exercising faith". It's not saying that we won't perish, it's telling us that faith can save us from Gods wrath. It's a scientific and historical fact that we all die by one means or another, which is proven out by Eccl 9:11 which states that regardless of how rich, or poor we are; "time and unforeseen occurence befall us all". While I'm relatively healthy i am up in years and it seems that "time" is soon to overtake me. My son was young (34 years old) when he was involved in head-on collision on his motorcycle six months ago. He was caught up by "unforeseen occurence" So while death is inescapable, destruction is quite another matter.
      Fifth: "everlasting life" is the hope we hold out for. It is not something earned, because we all fall short of the mark, it is the hope which becomes real through Gods "underservered kindness"

      I think Jesus said it quite eloquently in a prayer to his father as he was praying on behalf of his apostles
      "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ"-John 17:3

      and wolves who come covered in sheeps skin.

      It's only appropriate that the creator of heaven and earth identify himself as he holds out the promise, of the hope

      Appropriately opens by first declaring who he is, then expressing the depth of his love for us, identifying his Son and the sacrifice, the action on our part as individuals himself, and the sacrifice that must be given in our behalf,

      whose chosen to exercise his Love towards mankind through the ransome sacrifice of his son, the only begotten spirit in all the universe

      April 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • jsaiditfirst

      Please excuse the monotripe at the base of my post. It was an earlier typing that was hidden from me.

      April 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
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