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

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Adelina

    Thank God for a man like the Pope. Mankind never lacks true servants of God whom we can look up to in each generation.

    April 30, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  2. Reality

    There never was and never will be physical resurrections i.e. no Easter, no Christianity, no sainthood for JPII and an end to the ranting of HeavenSent and his fellow red-neck Christians. Priceless!!!!

    April 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality $^%(*%*) you

      April 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  3. Tommy the green power ranger

    I'm trying to figure which god to worship. Most the world is Christian but I don't want my children being touched by a priest. I could convert to Islam but blowing yourself up doesn't sound that great. Also my 7 year old isn't ready for marriage so Mormonism is out of the question. Maybe Pastaforian is my calling but those pirates aren't the most loving people to be around.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Tom Piper'Sr.

      You could never figure out anything using with that empty shell underneath that green helmet, Son.

      May 1, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  4. HotAirAce

    A seruous question with no hidden agenda whatsover:

    Is this sort of celebration normal for a beatification? I really do not recall such a ceremony being held previously so am curious if this is the norm or something different/special.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  5. HeavenSent

    "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."
    Why people are celebrating a man who did the work of the Devil is beyond me. The Catholic church is a trap designed by the Devil.

    April 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  6. ILoveJesus


    April 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  7. Adelina

    @Eric, the world is full of God-caused miracles. If you choose not to believe Biblical miracles, you should do like wise with anyone's testimony, both past and present, including all historical docu ments and archaeo logical findings. Watch your logic. The only con clusuion for you is not to believe in anything except your own mind and that's the most unreli able thing in the whole world. @Sean, eye-witnesses died for what they knew to be true. Humans don't die for their own lies knowing ly. By science and logic, it's much more pro bable Jesus' disciples told the truth.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Adelina

      PS: certain words were cut in two on purpose in order to avoid moderation blocking.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Adelina.. you have stated an opinion but no facts...where are the verifiable miracles? The real truth is you have none, as they do not exist...if you can understand coincidence then you can explain miracles.. they work the same way.

      April 30, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  8. Eric G

    Can someone provide some information that outlines what methods are used by the Church to verify and validate miracles? Due to the ramifications of false confirmation of a miracle, I would expect the process to be very scientific and accurate. If anyone can describe the verification process, I would be very thankful.

    April 29, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • SeanNJ

      What ramifications?

      April 29, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Adelina

      A cell always multiply from another cell. It can never exist without an original cell. Where did the first cell with all the DNA information and all the complex functions come from? For Biblical miracles, they always carry meanings and significances. Eric, read the Gospels. The honesty of the eyewitnesses and integrity of Christian faith are the best verification.

      April 29, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • SeanNJ

      @Adelina: Christians are imperfect sinners, by their own admission, so to rely on their honesty and integrity as the first, best verification of anything is a poor idea.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Eric G

      @Adelina: Your post about cell division is logically flawed. You are making an argument from as-sumption when you say "It can never exist without an original cell". You are claiming absolute knowledge about the subject without the presentation of evidencial support. Your question of "Where did the first cell with all the DNA information and all the complex functions come from?" is a valid one. While we do have evidence to support different abiogenesis theories, there has not been enough verifiable evidence to confirm the hypothesis. Are you making another as-sumption that because the scientific hypothesis of abiogenesis has not been proven that your God must be responsible? You must have evidence to present to support this hypothesis. Please present it for verification. To make such a claim without evidence is dishonest.

      This, of course, is all irrelevant, as it does not address my question.

      If the only evidence necessary for the Church to proclaim an event a miracle is belief, why are there not more Saints? It is obvious that your understanding of this process is less than complete, yet you find it necessary to defend it.

      In the future, if you do not know the correct answer to a question, please do not reply. The only knowledge gained from your response is our understanding of the level of your ignorance on the chosen topic. Please sit quietly in the corner while the adults talk.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Adelina

      Sean and Eric, read below for answers. My lengthy comments get blocked often.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • HotAirAce


      The only reason your posts get blocked is because you are too stupid to avoid word fragments that might be used in naughty words. I don't think anyone is concerned about something you might post. In fact, the only value your posts have is their absurdity and humour content (as in "Look at what this witless bovine is saying now!") and we can all use more humour so I would think that if their were live moderators they would be encouraging more from you. But as you have been told many times before, there are no live moderators and your frustration is caused by your own inability to deal with a poor bit of soft-ware.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  9. CatholicMom

    The more one reads the Bible the more one sees the Catholic Church within the Books. For almost 400 years the Catholic Church thrived and grew without the Bible; then the Holy Spirit prompted the Church to gather all the inspired-by-God-Books of the Old Testament and New Testament but the Holy Spirit did not say to throw out anything that He had already told them thus far through His Apostles and Successors…no! Truth does not become obsolete or no longer Truth when fullness of Truth is revealed by the Holy Spirit. It is a continuous line of Truth plus fullness as the Holy Spirit reveals it to His Church just as He promised!
    Jesus talking to His Apostles:
    "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-14)

    April 29, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Catholic mom.. so you have been lead to believe after years of indoctrination. The church grew because it persecuted and killed any one who went against it..fear has driven religion and still does.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  10. jimtanker

    You're all a bunch of delusional fools. Believing in fairy tales. Silly christians.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  11. Adelina

    Russian peasants were truly better than American ignorants such as HotAirAce. Secular American education is a total failure.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • HotAirAce


      Your post above is just more of your usual broad-brush generalizations based on ignorant assumptions. Perhaps you'd like to bring some facts to your argument.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Those peasants had a great standard of living. Just sayin...

      April 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  12. HotAirAce

    In any other situation/organization this pope-a-dope would be facing criminal charges, but once again religion gets a free pass. Disgusting!

    April 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  13. Adelina

    Europe still rules;-p Depth of history is what Americans lack. Maybe that's why secular Americans are not good at recalling US history.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      All we need to recall is the latest conflict we saved Europe's a-s-s in.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Adelina

      UYRA, America learned everything civil from Europe. She just did what she needed to do when she saved Europe.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      yeah those "civil" inquisitions, WWI WWII, all dem crusades, conquests and all. great examples to learn from to prep for our Middle East adventures and all.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Orlando

    John Paul II was a great man and excellent leader. As the protestants multiply creating churches that hate each other and fight for souls, the catholic church remains there since Peter. If you're not a Catholic and you're a so-called "Christian" well then stop the attack, we don't go around talking crap about Baptist or other religions.....

    April 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Adelina

      Orlando, Protestant churches don't hate or fight. Catholics need to read the Bible and trust God's word more than traditions or rituals.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • gerald


      I do read the Bible. When it says "unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you shall not have life within you" and "my flesh is true food...my blood is true drink" and "this is my body...This is my blood" I trust Jesus meant what he said. When he said "thou art peter and on this rock I will build my church" I believe it. When he said "receive the Holy Spirit, who's sins you forgive they are forgiven" I take him at his word. I do agree protestants tend not to fight too much. In general they have 100,000 different and conflicting theologies in about 30,000 different denominations (according to bartlett's book of Christianity). Confliciting theologies can't all be true so it is the protestants who hold to man made traditions. It is the protestants who nullify the word of God by personal interpretation contrary to 2000 years of Christian teaching. Your post is rhetoric.

      April 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald..your particular belief cannot be any more valid that any other religion, as you have absolutely no proof. You have read the bile and have a particular interpretation, which it is all it is. Just because you believe it, does not make it so. Your points really have no more importance than those who wonder which type of wood makes a better wand in Harry Potter stories. Also your comments regarding protestants are exactly the type of division that exists under the thin veneer of civility that coats religion.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald.. opps Bible.. not bile Freudian slip? my apologizes

      April 30, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  15. bailoutsos

    He created an image of God on a grilled cheese sandwich. Big deal.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  16. HeavenSent

    Ed you invite demons into your life by the way you live. Turn from your Satanic Catholic church and truly repent. It is you only hope.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ed

      Your Boss called he said it time to take the elevatot way down and come home.

      April 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Adelina

      Ed, not every Protestant Christian denies the Catholic Church. I am a Protestant and I just know Catholics need more Bible education just as Protestants do. Ed, keep reading the Bible and aquiring authentic religious and other knowledge. You must be drawn to Jesus, not to any other; that was how it was for most Catholic saints. Please remember that as long as you live. If you shift your focus off from Jesus and go astray from the Biblical teachings, you'll be a prey to all kinds of errors however they look godly or nice. Nothing can replace Jesus or His atonement in the entire universe. Don't be afraid to go to Him directly; He is your God and your Savior. You don't need anyone or anything between Him and you.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Ed has git a demon inside. He said "git" first.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  17. Ed

    some one on this blog really needs a shrink.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      And some need to be better Christians and not associate with Devil worshipers.

      April 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  18. HeavenSent

    Fake heavensent you are the only punk on here. I know it is you Tom and CNN trying to stop me and make me look like a fool.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @HeavenScent (The Real one)

      You don't need any assistance to look like a fool.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  19. HeavenSent

    Fake heavensent (Tom), when are you going to stop hiding.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Have fun pretending to be someone else phony heavensent. We all know you're a punk.


      April 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  20. HeavenSent

    I will pray for the Catholics who will surely perish unless they turn from their sinful ways.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent. The real HeavenSent doesn't need to pray for other Christians. They already know Jesus' wisdom.

      And you? When are you going to stop being so carnal?


      April 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
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