Pope John Paul II: May 2011 Archives

Father Julián Carrón, president of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation was interviewed by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Father Carrón said that "beatification of John Paul II ... is a 'strong invitation' to conversion."

Keeping in mind what Blessed John Paul did for Communion and Liberation in recognizing the charism proposed by Father Luigi Giussani, Father Carrón recalled the words of John Paul who considered that a Movement "becomes a special instrument for a personal and ever-new adherence to the mystery of Christ." For those who follow the path to Christ offered by Communion and Liberation will know that the vocation of being a part of Communion and Liberation --given by the Holy Spirit-- means bringing "the truth, beauty and peace that are encountered in Christ the Redeemer" to the world.

Father Carrón's remarks can be read here: Interview with Fr Carrón on the JP II Beatification.pdf
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This evening --Rome time-- Blessed John Paul II's body was given its final resting place in the Vatican Basilica. He rests near to the famous Pietá of Michelangelo.

The video clip of the John Paul's newest move can viewed here.
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Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
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A great picture is worth a 1000 words, perhaps fewer if you just want to take-in the beauty of the moment.

Today, L'Osservatore Romano published a photo gallery of yesterday's beatification ceremonies of Pope John Paul II by Benedict XVI in Rome. The gallery is really a stunning photographic essay ....

Here's Pope Benedict's homily at the Mass in which he beatified Pope John Paul II today:


Six years ago we gathered in this Square to celebrate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Our grief at his loss was deep, but even greater was our sense of an immense grace which embraced Rome and the whole world: a grace which was in some way the fruit of my beloved predecessor's entire life, and especially of his witness in suffering. Even then we perceived the fragrance of his sanctity, and in any number of ways God's People showed their veneration for him. For this reason, with all due respect for the Church's canonical norms, I wanted his cause of beatification to move forward with reasonable haste. And now the longed-for day has come; it came quickly because this is what was pleasing to the Lord: John Paul II is blessed!

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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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