Benedict XVI to beatify John Paul II
|Pope John Paul II.|
Benedict XVI is planning to preside over the beatification rite for John Paul II on 1 May - Divine Mercy Sunday - in the Vatican.
A communiqué from the Congregation for Saints' Causes announced that today the Pope, in an audience with the congregation's prefect, Cardinal Angelo Amato, "authorized the dicastery to promulgate the decree of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)."
This was the final step in the process preceding the beatification rite, which will be celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day instituted by John Paul II.
The communiqué noted: "It is well known that, by pontifical dispensation, his cause began before the end of the five-year period which the current norms stipulate must pass following the death of a Servant of God.
"This provision was solicited by the great fame of sanctity which Pope John Paul II enjoyed during his life, in his death and after his death."Read full report at Zenit.org
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