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Pope John Paul II, very nearly a saint.

KRAKOW TOURS – According to an Italian daily newspaper, the beatification ceremony of John Paul II – an important step towards sainthood, could be held at the Vatican as early as April this year.

Il Giornale reports that a committee of doctors and theologians have recognised a miracle by John Paul II – one of the conditions of beatification – and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints will take a final vote in the beatification process this month.

The Italian newspaper writes that just before the end of last year, the committee of doctors at the Vatican ruled that the cure of French nun Marie Simon-Pierre of advanced Parkinson’s disease was inexplicable other than from intervention of the Polish Pope.

“All I can tell you is that I was sick and now I am cured. It is for the church to say and to recognise whether it is a miracle,” the 46 year-old nun told a press conference back in 2007.

“I am cured. It is the work of God, through the intercession of Pope John Paul II,” she said, cliaming her symptoms cleared after praying to JP II.

A committee of cardinals and bishops have now received all the documentation connected with the case and will meet in mid-January to assess them. If positively assessed then they will be sent to Benedict XVI.

Beatification could then take place on 2 April 2011, the sixth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

The ceremony could be held in October, however, on the 33rd anniversary of the election of Karol Wojtyla as pontiff.


January 4, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pope John Paul II on ‘fast track’ to Sainthood

KRAKOW TOURS – The process leading to sainthood for late Polish pope John Paul II has recently been accelerated, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Saturday after talks with Pope Benedict XVI.

“We expressed our hope for a continuation of the process and the latest signals show that this process has been recently speeded up,” Komorowski told reporters after the talks on the 32nd anniversary of John Paul II’s election.

Komorowski also attended a mass in honour of John Paul II in the Vatican.

Italian daily Il Giornale this week reported that initial medical confirmation of John Paul II’s first miracle — a vital step towards beatification and eventual canonisation — could come “in the next few weeks.”

A spokesman for the Vatican declined to comment on the report.

There had been speculation in Poland earlier this year that Saturday’s anniversary could see the beatification of John Paul II — the first step toward formal recognition as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

The procedure leading up to sainthood usually takes many years.

Benedict also congratulated Komorowski ahead of the canonisation of Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century Polish priest who is to be recognised as saint at a ceremony on Sunday with five others including Australia’s first saint.

“Tomorrow Poland will have a new saint,” Benedict told the president.

Komorowski is set to attend the ceremony on Sunday on the square in front of Saint Peter’s basilica where around 50,000 faithful are expected.

The two leaders also discussed collaboration between church and state “for the common good,” as well as European affairs, the Vatican said.

Komorowski said he also informed Benedict about Poland’s reconciliation with Germany and about the “dialogue to bring about reconciliation with Russia too.”

He said the dialogue with Russia “will be long and difficult but possible and the Holy See is obviously looking on it with favour.”


October 17, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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