Pope John Paul II: January 2011 Archives
Father Julián Carrón, President of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation indicated the Movement's plans to participate in the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1. Father Carrón's remarks showed gratitude for the Pontiff's legacy.
According to Father Carrón the Movement plans to "make the pilgrimage to Rome to join the Pope and the Church in thanking God who has given us such an authentic witness of Christ." Father Carrón says that "We want to gather closely around Benedict XVI, who in his farsightedness has decided to indicate Blessed John Paul II to the whole world as an example of what Christ can make of a man who allows himself to be grasped by him."
Speaking for the heart and soul of Communion and Liberation Father Carrón said, "If someone has an enormous debt of gratitude towards John Paul II, we are the ones."
I invite you to read the full text of Father Julián Carrón's letter to the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation: Fr Carron on the beatification of Pope John Paul II.pdf
Workers at Saint Peter's Basilica have begun their work to move the body of the soon to be beatified Pope John Paul II from the grottoes to the main basilica. He'll be moved to the Chapel of Saint Sebastian where currently Blessed Pope Innocent XI (seen left) is resting (he was beatified by Pope Pius XII on 7 Oct 1956). I guess we're tired of the silver faced Innocent of the 17th century in favor of John Paul II, Pontiff.
John Paul will, in fact, be among a number of other holy people to take up residence in this spot. Apparently in this area, Pope Saint Boniface IV was there as well as the relics of the martyrs: Saints Victor, Candidus and Laureatus, but they have since moved on.
The Chapel of Saint Sebastian, on the right side of the basilica as you walk in, and right before the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, is dedicated to the 3rd century martyr. Sebastian was murdered at the time of the Diocletian for confessing faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Sebastian was first shot through with arrows, nursed to health and then later beaten to death. The chapel was completed by Pier Paolo Cristofari based on a design of Domenico Zampieri.
In the hours before and after the Holy See's announcement that the famous Pope John Paul II would be beatified on May1st, lists of reasons John Paul matters have shown up. Dan Gilgoff of the Belief Blog at CNN has a list that in my mind is too thin to get excited about. Numbers 1 and 9 on his list, for example, bear neither weight nor content. There's Rome Reports' review of John Paul's astonishing record and how he changed history. John Allen's analysis is worthy of our consideration because of the context Allen frames for us.
And there's Carl Anderson's remarks on the hope this beatification brings to us and yet Francis X. Rocca at the Religion News asks an interesting, provocative question about rushing the sainthood cause of John Paul.
The constellations of perspective is certainly interesting.
Another door to Pope John Paul's beatification happened yesterday in Rome. The cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation of Saints have affirmed the veracity of the medical investigations of a miracle of attributed to the Venerable Servant of God Pope John Paul II, and the theological report on the same. Andrea Tornielli writes about the news.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who suffered the effects of Parkinson's Disease, makes the claim of healing through the intercession of John Paul who also suffered from the same.
Speculation is that Benedict will assign the liturgical memorial for John Paul to a date in October so that his April 2nd date of death and liturgical observance doesn't conflict with Holy Week. Often the date of death is the feast day though not exclusively as we know of the recent case of Blessed John Henry Newman.
The reports of an approved miracle are surfacing as moving more and more toward a confirmation by the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints before the dossier is given to Pope Benedict for his approval. Theologians, physicians and other professionals have been studying a case of French Sister Marie Simon-Pierre who lived with the effects of Parkinson's Disease until June 2005.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre said she was healed of the disease following her prayers to the Venerable Servant of God Pope John Paul II asking him to intercede for her for the gift of God's healing from Parkinson's. She described her healing as a second birth with the renewed use of her arms and legs. Word about the miracle's approval ought to be coming very soon with a possible beatification of John Paul later in 2011.