January 14, 2011 by staff 

Beatification, (AP) – John Paul II to be beatified on May 1 – a key step on the road to sainthood – the Vatican announced Friday, after Pope Benedict XVI has signed an official decree.  The beatification has been cleared by Benoit because of John Paul II “the reputation of holiness … impose life, death and after death, “said the Vatican in a statement.

The process of beatification of Pope is generally long, but calls John Paul II came to be canonized immediately after his death in 2005.

Work is underway in St. Peter’s Basilica to make room for the tomb of John Paul II, French religious imedia new information, and the agency said Thursday.

According to tradition, the remains of popes who were beatified rose from the crypt to the nave of the basilica.

Preparations are underway in the chapel of St. Sebastian, on the right side of the nave, between the chapel Michelangelo’s Pieta and the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

“The coffin of John Paul II will be transferred to the Basilica of St. Peter in the crypt of the Vatican without opening it,” spokesman Federico Lombardi, the Vatican said Friday’s announcement.

The body of the former pope “will not be displayed, it will be placed in a tomb closed by a simple marble headstone with the words: Beatus Ioannes Paulus II” (the Blessed John Paul II), Lombardi said.

The beatification following the announcement this week that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the first miracle of the Polish pope.

The Commission has confirmed that French nun Marie Simon-Pierre was miraculously cured of Parkinson’s disease through the intercession of John Paul II, who also suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Simon Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001. After the death of John Paul II’s condition has rapidly deteriorated, and her community began praying for the intercession of the late Pope in his recovery.

Simon-Pierre recovered one night in June 2005, an event that doctors could not explain.

The process to canonize John Paul began immediately after his death, waving banners with parade on St. Peter’s Square during his funeral in 2005 that read “Santo Subito!” (Holiness now!)

A miracle is needed for beatification and a second is needed for sainthood.

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