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Vatican announces Facebook, YouTube pages for John Paul II
Pope John Paul II in a file photo.
March 15th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Vatican announces Facebook, YouTube pages for John Paul II

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Pope John Paul II, famous for his power to communicate the Roman Catholic Church’s message around the world, is getting another chance to do so, with the Vatican launching pages dedicated to him on Facebook and YouTube.

The Holy See launched the social networking pages Tuesday, in advance of the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, the last step before sainthood.

"The aim is to diversify the instruments so as to give this initiative as great an exposure and as wide a coverage as possible,” the Vatican press office said in a statement.

The new Facebook and YouTube pages feature video clips from John Paul’s nearly 27-year pontificate and are being maintained by Vatican Radio and of the Vatican Television Centre.

The Vatican announced in January that John Paul II, who died in 2005, would be beatified later this year.

The social networking campaign around his beatification comes after Pope Benedict praised online social media, even while identifying some dangers of the new technology.

“In the digital world, transmitting information increasingly means making it known within a social network where knowledge is shared in the context of personal exchanges,” Benedict said in a January statement for the church’s World Communications Day.

“This dynamic has contributed to a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange, solidarity and the creation of positive relations,” he said.

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

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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

soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Veritas

    John Paul II – Most probably a heretic. Beatification being done improperly and far far to soon. The night in the Circus in Rome will be a very ominous moment – not joyus.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  2. Dominus

    @CatholicMom

    1Corinthians 3:15
    If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

    Matthew 19:26
    And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.

    With some there never would be enough miracles; for if it should happen even to themselves they would not believe and give acknowledgment to something or someone or to undetected circu-mstances; these are the same people who do not see that there is glory in suffering when a person joins their sufferings to those of Christ. For it is He who can take suffering and turn it into to good for the world. See what His suffering accomplished: life everlasting for those who believe…and believing means doing the Father’s will.

    CatholicMom Jesus finished the work of sin on the cross. He already purged all sin. Passing thru fire in the above scripture you quoted, will be your WORKS, not your soul.
    All works will pass thru fire as wheat or chaff, those not being works of Christ, will burn.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • gerald

      Dominus,

      Did you read the passage. Read it CAREFULLY. The passage says the man passes through the fire, not the works. Read carefully. Do you believe in sanctification? Apparently not if you think there isn't a purification needed. That it all was purified 2000 years ago at the cross. You must also be a universalist, i.e. everybody goes to heaven, unless you a calvinsit who doesn't believe Jesus died for everyone. Jesus earned the grace for all to be saved 2000 years ago. It has to be applied to our lives TODAY.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  3. facebook

    Thanks you admin nices sharing

    March 17, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  4. PJ

    He will be the Patron Saint of Pedophiles given his decades of protecting them along with his Secretary of State, now Benedict.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • DaLe

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Cousin

      @PJ – So eg. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton carry personal responsibility for any and all crimes happening in the USA? How about the Presidents and Secretary of States before? Perhaps the U.S. should be the ones paying the compensations for all abuse victims (you know, since it does look otherwise a bit as if parents were selling their children to pedophile priests, respectivly abuse victims shouldn't be complaining about lack of justice re pedophile priests if these victims and/or their parents were happy to take money). Or what would you actually suggest?

      March 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  5. IaCheNeHe

    does this mean I have to "like" him? ...oh thats cnn..sorry.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  6. greg

    Police have just smashed what they claim is the world's largest paedophile ring. Surely they mean the second largest.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • D

      Yeah, turning children into barbie dolls seems as a rather sick thing to do. Who could possibly enjoy watching that? Oh, right...

      March 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  7. .

    Looking at the picture for this article I have to ask, when did Pope John Paul II get three Teen Choice Awards?

    March 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  8. fsmgroupie

    who is he hiding under his super gown? oh, just another priest on the run.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  9. Colin

    That foto pretty much captures it for me. The RCC, old, tired, and completely out of touch.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  10. Jezmundberserker

    He hid rampant pedophilia in the catholic church from the law. Case closed.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • D

      What are all your relatives doing right now?

      March 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • greg

      And still hiding them.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • PJ

      Especially the Order of the Legion of Christ founded by Fr. Marciel now deceased. Benedict has taken the Order under his "wing" rather than disbanding it. It was founded on evil.

      March 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  11. Reality

    The Apostles' Creed 2010: (post JPII and updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen

    March 16, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Veritas

      I believe in God the Father Almighty,
      Creator of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
      Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
      Born of the Virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried:
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven,
      And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      The holy Catholic Church;
      The Communion of Saints;
      The Forgiveness of sins;
      The Resurrection of the body,
      And the Life everlasting.
      Amen.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Reality

      The "Holy" Catholic Church??? Obviously not!!!!!

      March 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • chief

      Reality is way wrong..... Veritas is more wrong.... its holy catholic chruch .... not Catholic.... idiot

      March 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  12. Apostle Eric vonAnderseck

    "The aim is to diversify the instruments so as to give this initiative as great an exposure and as wide a coverage as possible,” the Vatican press office said in a statement."
    Apostle Eric says; Technology has to be increased for Revelation 11:9 to happen.
    http://apostlestoday.net/

    March 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  13. Williams(Nigeria)

    We were all born into different beliefs.But really,cnt they just let the man rest in peace in the bossom of the lord?Why do they have to open a facebook and youtube page 4 PJP2,for what bloody reason....I mean it bits my imagination.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • gerald

      Is this somehow going to remove his peace when he is in heaven? He is a man to be remembered and honored. His writings of incredible volume are to be studied.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Jezmundberserker

      He also hid hundreds of pedophile priests. He also advocated against the use of contraceptives (therefore condemning thousands of his followers to aids and other wonderful diseases). Saintly man my a**.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • D

      @Jezmundb – Do you know that it isn't doctrine of the Catholic Church for persons to have random one-night stands or similar?

      March 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • D

      ^re contraceptives

      March 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @D
      How about a married couple who simply don't want to conceive a child at that moment?

      March 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @D
      Or married people who got AIDS by blood transfusion that don't want to give it to their spouse. Or women who got ra.ped by an infected person. Or people who...

      March 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • D

      Posted two comments which are waiting to be moderated. To many various words in them comments for me to go through the whole text for self-censorship.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • gerald

      Ya Jezmund, if people had only been allowed to use the pill, man aides wouldn't have spread near as far as it has. Funny. Condoms fail 15% Of the time according to the CDC. That's a government organization, not Catholic. So let's see, a little russian roulette. But what is really funny is people who use arguments like you don't really use their brain. You see, people who are going to have s e x outside of marriage aren't following Catholic teaching anyway. So its not Catholic teaching controlling their behavior and preventing them from using condoms. Those true to the faith are whoring around and aren't getting aides.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Doc Vestibule

    Regardless of how one feels about the RCC, Pope John Paul II was a good man.
    Back when he was Mr. Wojtyla, he did whatever he could to protect his Jewish countrymen from the Nazis (unlike the current pope who wore a Nazi uniform).
    Like his predecessor in the papacy, he was enthusiastic about science and made great strides in pulling the Church out of the dark ages. He publically accepted Darwinian evolution and the Big Bang as fact, and rejected heliocentrism and young earth creationism.
    He helped bridge divides between the Vatican and other faiths – especially with the Jewish community.
    Though I vehemently disagree with fundamental tenets of Catholicism, I've a great deal of respect for this man of strong conviction who taught by example.

    As for proving miracles and sainthood? That's a rant for another day...

    March 16, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • gerald

      The current pope was 14 years old for God's sake. He was REQUIRED to join the Hitler youth, which he later deserted. Get your facts straight and remove the prejudice from your eyes.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • gerald

      By the way, what noble things did you do at 14?

      March 16, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @gerald
      Yes, he was conscripted to the Hitler youth at 14 – and then became a full fledged infanteer until he was captured and made a POW.
      Word is he was a rather lackluster Nazi – but he wore the uniform regardless.
      "Hey Fritz – weren't you a guard at Auschwitz?"
      "Jawohl – but I hated that job so I wasn't a very good guard."
      "So you helped prisoners escape the gas chambers?"
      "Well no – but I was lazy and napped a lot!"

      As for me at 14 – I was the sole Canadian at the Headquarters for the United States European Command during first Gulf War. Every moment of every day I was under surveillance by video cameras and motion sensors. The crossing guards at my junior high carried M16s and 9mm pistols.
      I endured bomb threats at least once a week for several months.
      I spent my days convincing my classmates to question the endless progaganda that the Armed Forces Radio and Television service bombarded us with.
      Not as noble as saving people from the gas chambers, but it was the best I thought I could do at the time.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • dennis

      Fascinating. So, you know his state of mind and all that based on a couple of paltry "facts?" And on this basis, you declare him a Nazi?! Was he supposed to tell the Gestapo, "Drop dead, I refuse to join the Hitler Youth"? And yes, he was later part of an anti-aircraft unit. So what? Speaking as the son of a WWII vet who participated in strategic bombing of German cities, there was nothing wrong in young Ratzinger resisting the immoral bombing of cities. In any event, he deserted as soon as he could. And have you read even a syllable of anything he has written? Within the Church, he is widely regarded as the finest theologian alive, and it is clear to anyone who cares to explore the matter (which obviously excludes you) that he is a holy man who detests and abhors Nazism and any creed that preaches race worship.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The current Pope served in Hitler's army.
      What a terrible, bigoted thing of me to say! I must be filled with hate!
      Hang on a second – that's one of those "facts" thingies you seem to loathe.
      Facts, sir, are sterile – neither vulgar nor sublime. But they are true.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • chief

      he still wore a dress and red shoes like lady ga ga... i guess that made him holy just like Christ.... oh yeah, Christ wouldnt have associated with the likes of him

      March 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • chief

      hey gerald... "For Gods sake"? in reference to the pope being 14.... you being a good catholic and all.... you ought to know that is blasphemy.... i bet the pope wouldnt have used that in a sentence..... hey cardinal law, for Gods sake that kid was 14 years old... in thinking not

      March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • gerald

      God bless you chiefy.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • gerald

      Ya doc, you were just stating a fact. Riggght.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • gerald

      Doc, do you know what Natural Family Planning is. Not likely. I suppose you will hit back with the rythm method. Hey doc guess what NFP is scientific! It helps the woman understand her body.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Gerald
      Here I am being a nice atheist and praising JPII for the good he did. I made a passing, side bar comment regarding the differences between JP and Benedict's actions during the Nazi regime.
      How that has become an assumption about my knowledge of contraceptive methods is a mite puzzling to me.
      But you go ahead and study mucous consistency and temperature when you want to get it on – I'll rely on my vasectomy.
      We'll see who winds up with a cr.otch critter first.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • gerald

      Fixed like a dog hey doc. You know what I found striking. When my dad was in the VA Hospital he had lots of kids, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren visiting him. Yet there were many men like you who I am sure were fixed like a dog who had noone visiting them. Kids are a blessing like the Bible says. Oh, that's right you don't believe in the Bible. Well it will be no less true some day when you sit in a hospital and no one cares.

      March 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Gerald

      In case you haven't noticed, there are too many people in the world. 7 billion at last count.
      You God tells you to be fruitful and multiply as much as you can – consume as much as possible because the earth is here exclusively for the benefit of mankind.
      My heathen common sense and conscience tells me that to continue to reproduce would be irresponsible.
      I'm not saying that the VHEMT people are right, but low infant mortality rates and extended life spans have negated the need to beget 6 children to keep the replacement rate steady.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • chief

      hey gerald... speaking of dogs.... the more you talk the more of a sick pup you show to us all...

      March 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  15. GrandmaT

    JP II, We love you!

    March 16, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  16. rich

    You know that gown costs over 5k

    March 16, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  17. i rock

    ^^^idiot^^^

    March 16, 2011 at 7:13 am |
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    March 16, 2011 at 7:11 am |
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    March 16, 2011 at 7:11 am |
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