Beatification Of Pope John Paul
May 1, 2011 by staff
Beatification Of Pope John Paul, About 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome on Sunday to see Pope John Paul II a step closer to sainthood on one of the largest masses of the history of the Vatican, an outpouring of adoration of a beloved figure and historical After years marked by the church scandal.
The participation of the beatification exceeded even the wildest expectations of 1 million people, the number of officials from the city of Rome expected. For Catholics filled the Plaza de San Pedro and its surrounding streets, and viewers around the world welcomed the beatification was reminiscent of the old days when the Pope was almost universally loved.
“He was like a king for us, as a father,” said Marynka Ulaszewska, 28 years old, Ciechocinek, Poland, crying. “I hope that these feelings stay with us for a long time,” he said.
Pope Benedict XVI praised John Paul’s going back to what seems “irreversible” the tide of communism with faith, courage and “the strength of a titan, a force that came from God.”
Juan Pablo is universally credited with helping bring down Communism in his native Poland, with support for the Solidarity trade union movement, the acceleration of the fall of the Iron Curtain.
“Rightly, recovered for Christianity that the momentum of hope was in a sense, he hesitated before Marxism and ideology of progress,” Benedict said. “He restored the true face of Christianity as a religion of hope.”
Beatification of John Paul II, the fastest in modern times, however, has prompted a new wave of anger of the victims of sexual abuse by the crime occurred during his watch for 27 years. Critics also say that the legacy of John Paul II is clouded by evidence of a waning faith: empty churches in Europe, very few priests in North America and South America, the priests who violate the celibacy requirement, in places as Africa and a general decline in the former strongholds of Catholicism Christian.
Defenders of John Paul II argues that a whole generation of new priests owe their vocation to Juan Pablo, and millions of lay Catholics found their faith during World Youth Days, which were the hallmark of his papacy.
Vatican officials have insisted that the saint-making process is not a trial of how John Paul manages the church, but whether he lived a life of Christian virtue.
Benedict XVI put John Paul on the fast track for sainthood is possible when it ignored the traditional waiting period of five years and allowed the beatification process to begin weeks after his April 2, 2005, death. Benedict XVI responded to cries of “Santo Subito!” or “Holiness immediately” that erupted during the funeral of John Paul II.
With a sea of?? Red and white Polish flags waving in the square, the beatification Sunday recalls the days after the pope’s death in 2005, when about 3 million faithful vigil held in the window of his study and filed past his body for days and days.
The pilgrims from Mexico to Mali repeats the procession after Mass on Sunday, during hours of presentation beyond the simple wooden coffin had been raised from the grottoes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica central aisle of the church, which was surrounded by four Swiss guards standing at attention.
Beatification is the last milestone before a candidate is declared a saint. Juan Pablo needs another miracle attributed to his intercession before he can be canonized.
Already, Vatican officials have said that reports of inexplicable healings poured in, suggesting that it is only a matter of time before John Paul is declared a saint, or even a doctor of the Church – an even greater honor.
The police set up large tracts of Rome miles (kilometers) outside the Vatican limits to private cars to ensure safety for about 16 heads of state, eight prime ministers and five members of European royal families attending.
Helicopters hovered overhead, police boats patrolled the nearby Tiber river and nearly 5,000 uniformed soldiers manned police barricades to ensure the priests, the official delegations and those coveted VIP passes could reach their places amid the crowds of pilgrims.
Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Letizia, with a black lace mantilla, mixed with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, the historic leader of Poland, Solidarity and former president Lech Walesa and President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who avoided a ban of the Union European trip to attend.
“It was all over the world,” said Bishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, who arrived in Rome for the ceremony. “Today, we are close to him.”
Many in Rome and in capitals around the world erupted in cheers, tears and applause as Pope John Paul gave “Blessed” and a huge color photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled on the loggia of the Basilica San Pedro.
“Juan Pablo is an angel, has charisma,” said Esperanza Concilion, a barber of 69 years who traveled from Guadalajara, Mexico for beatification.
Stuck Catholic churches in Mexico to Australia to pray and watch broadcasts of the Mass in Rome on television.
“It was a model and an inspiration that brought the world with his extraordinary charisma,” said Juan Pablo Bustillo, a medical student 16 years of age, named for the pontiff, who became the Sunday along with more than 3,000 others for a period six kilometers (10 miles) the race followed by a Mass near Manila Bay in the Philippines.
In Brazil, which has more Catholics than any other country, the beatification echo among the faithful and brought the hope that it would renew faith in the church in the South American nation is facing stiff competition for the souls of Protestant evangelical movements.
“The beatification will renew the faith of those who have lost their way and left the church,” said Godoy Adim, as he left Sunday Mass in the church of Santa Cecilia in downtown Sao Paulo. “He blessed us all for the life of Pope John Paul II and deserves to be a saint.”
In Poland, birthplace of John Paul II, tens of thousands of people gathered in the rain at an important shrine in Krakow and Wadowice, the birthplace of the pope in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla. Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his wife Malgorzata watched the ceremony, along with residents of Wadowice.
After nearly three-hour Mass, Benedict XVI prayed at the coffin of John Paul II, who had a copy of the Gospels of Lorsch in him, medieval illuminated books of the Gospels that are one of the most prized of the collection Vatican.
The basilica is expected to remain open for as long as necessary to accommodate the multitude of faithful paid their respects and took photos as speaker wire in the hymns and clips of some of the most memorable homilies of John Paul II and speeches.
The sealed coffin ultimately be moved to a side chapel inside the Basilica next to the famous marble of Michelangelo “Pieta” statue.
Police estimated the number of those attending the Mass at 1.5 million, only a few hundred thousand could fit on the Plaza de San Pedro and the surrounding streets, but others saw some of the huge television screens of 14 established around town or heard on radios in Polish or Italian.
During the Mass, Benedict XVI received a silver reliquary holding a vial of blood taken from John Paul during his last hospitalization. The relic, a key feature of the beatification ceremonies will be available to the faithful to worship.
Sister Tobiana, the Polish nun who tended to John Paul II during his pontificate, delivered him and Sister Marie Simon Pierre, France, whose inexplicable recovery from Parkinson’s disease was decreed that the miracle needed to Juan Pablo II to be beatified.
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