Pope John Paul II: April 2011 Archives

Holiness is all that matters. Period. Being with God is the ultimate goal of every Christian's desire. The holiness of a person whose cause is being considered for beatification rests on the verification of a miracle -done by God at the request of another, in the case at hand, at John Paul's intercession. The person who received the gift of the miraculous healing was Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a sister of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood. Sister Marie Simon-Pierre was living with Parkinson's and attributes a complete healing to the intercession of Pope John Paul II. The pope suffered from the same disease. The following testimony given in 2006 and verified by medical professionals last autumn, sealed the case to beatify Pope John Paul II. Zenit provided the text.

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In June 2001, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The disease had affected the whole left side of my body, creating great difficulties for me as I am left-handed. After three years, the initial phase of the disease, slow but progressive, was followed by an aggravation of the symptoms: accentuation of the trembling, rigidity, pain, insomnia.

From April 2, 2005, I began to worsen week by week, I grew worse day by day, I was unable to write (I repeat that I am left-handed), and if I attempted it, what I wrote was unintelligible. I could drive only for short trips because my left leg would stiffen sometimes, and my rigidity would have impeded my driving. Moreover, to do my work in a hospital, it took more time than usual. I was exhausted.

After learning my diagnosis, it was difficult for me to watch John Paul II on television. However, I felt very close to him in prayer and I knew he could understand what I was going through. I also admired his strength and courage, which motivated me not to give in and to love this suffering, because without love none of this made sense. I can say that it was a daily struggle, but my only wish was to live it with faith and in loving adherence to the will of the Father.

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Cardinal Agostino Vallini, 70, Pope's vicar of Rome gave the following talk at tonight's Vigil at the Circus Maximus in advance of Pope John Paul II's tomorrow's beatification.

Divine Providence gives us this evening the joy of a great experience of grace and light. With this Marian prayer vigil we hope to prepare ourselves for tomorrow's celebration, the solemn beatification of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II. Even though it has been six years since the death of the great Pope--Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the universal Church for 27 years--his memory is particularly vibrant. We feel veneration, affection, admiration, and deep gratitude for the beloved pontiff.

John Paul II exhumed

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Pope John Paul II was exhumed today in a quiet ceremony. The papal body will not be seen (at least for a while) but it will rest in the Vatican Basilica for a time.

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JP II funeral 2005.jpgJust days ahead of Pope John Paul II's beatification on May 1st --the first time in 11 centuries that a successor beatifies his predecessor-- the former vicar for Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, speaks about the letter he received as the conclave was about to open that was to elect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedixt XVI, by which several cardinals asked for John Paul's beatification. Read the La Stampa story...
Blood drawn from Pope John Paul II prior to his death and saved in case there was need of a transfusion at a local hospital, will be presented to Pope Benedict XVI at the May 1st Mass at which John Paul will be declared a "blessed." The blood relic will be kept with other relics at the Apostolic Household. Read the entire story here.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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