January 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

John Paul II closer to sainthood

John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Friday as the Vatican announced he will be beatified later this year.

The beatification ceremony, led by Pope Benedict XVI, will take place on May 1, the first Sunday after Easter, and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the faithful to St. Peter's Square, the Vatican said.

After that, the late pope will be known as "the Blessed John Paul II."

In order for a candidate to be beatified, one miracle after death must be proven through the scrutiny of medical and theological experts.

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  1. lacvernum

    John Paul II, how great you are! In this century the Church has encountered several difficulties and dangers such as clerical abuses that damage Church’s reputation. The enemies seem to prevail and almost destroy the Catholic Church by their harsh accusations. During the battle of faith, JP II stood at the side of the church defending for her rights against the attacks of Satan. He was not afraid to remind the Church that no priest is allowed to marry or women can’t be ordained and so on. JPII was a right man who kept the church’s faith unshaken, or integrated. He was a great leader who could apply philosophy to lead the Church in an apostolic and traditional way. As Dom Marmion says, in the Life of the Soul, “The saint would offer the gift of himself at Christ’s own Humanity and extends it to His mystical body Even though he could resign from his papacy after the bullet came into his body in 1981, he chose to work tirelessly for the eternal salvation of souls in this world. While he was alive he was a gift for humanity. He always recognized the human dignity in every person that he met. Also, he served God’s name and glorified God when he visited the suffering people in several countries. He recognized God’s image in every person whom he met. He loved young people and enjoyed being around them. He instructed some ignorant communist leaders. They listened to JPII’s advices which made their citizens enjoy freedom and prosperity. Now in his heavenly dwelling with God, JPII is praying for us. I assume he would extend his gift of sainthood to the mystical body of Christ on earth. JPII’s life is an example for us to conduct our lives perfectly and blamelessly. “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5: 48). He deserves the honor to be beatified in May of 2011.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  2. K.Mason

    Are we sure that the Catholic church isn't just in shambles–losing believers, money, etc.–and needs press coverage by bringing up a popular, dead pope?

    January 15, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm?? Correct on all points!!!

      January 15, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  3. Reality

    Beatification is vitiated by the following:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your (Pauline, PJ et al's) faith."

    "Heaven is a Spirit state" as per JPII and Aquinas i.e. there can be no bodies. i.e. there was and never will be any physical resurrection/ascension of human bodies."

    And is it not ironical that JPII along with Aquinas are the ones who put meaning to the words "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless"

    January 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  4. JohnQuest

    So, if I prayed to a potato for a new job and the next day I got a new job, would the potato qualify for sainthood?

    January 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      It would depend on if it were thinly sliced and "accidently" fell into some hot or or not! Then you could thank it for your new position as fry chef at McDonald's! After all no potato, no fries!

      January 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Make that..Hot oil!

      January 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Steve the real one, I guess I would be the Prophet for the Fry God, I'd have to write a book and make proclamations. I think I will like my new job, wonder how many followers I will get?

      January 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Counting you? I'd say one! I would not call it the fry god. Fry pot maybe! See! I'm a Christian with a sense of humor. Bet you would have never thunk it?

      January 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      I would have thunk it, my wife takes her religion very seriously, she is and has always been a Devout Christian. And she is the most wonderful person on the planet (in spite of her need for religion, and no I don't mean because of).

      January 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Congrats on that! Stay happy! Although you still need Jesus!

      January 15, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  5. Steve the real one

    The Bible proclaims ALL of God's people to be His Saints! Don't need a pope to beatify anything!

    January 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Colin

    "In order for a candidate to be beatified, one miracle after death must be proven through the scrutiny of MEDICAL and theological experts."

    I would LOVE to see those findings.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • neoritter

      Last I checked there is not cure for Parkinson's. It's not hard to prove the nun had Parkinson's and now she doesn't. With some investigation into maybe she stumbled upon a cure.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Colin

      Or she didn't have Parkinson's to begin with, which is the more viable?

      January 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Know What

      Or maybe someone else prayed to a different magical saint; and that's the one who got her the cure?!

      My pick is another former pope – St. Hilarius!

      January 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • neoritter

      So you're a conspiracy theorist now...

      January 15, 2011 at 5:14 am |
  7. chief

    yeah some nun prayed to a dead pope and got a miricle.... make him a saint.... its consistent with all other catholic teachings

    January 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • neoritter

      I take it you don't understand Catholic teachings or doctrines.

      He's getting beatified not becoming a saint. There has to be more miracles attributed to him before he becomes a saint.

      Wikipedia – wiki/Beatification

      January 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • TJ

      Why is anyone paying attention to this man that covered up for so many pedophiles and killed so many people through his calls to take condoms away from Africa (which the dipsh!t church now decided was a bad idea). Disgusting, find someone worthy to look up to.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • neoritter

      TJ – would you like some tarter sauce for that red herring?

      January 15, 2011 at 5:13 am |
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