January 17, 2011
Archbishop welcomes beatification of John Paul II
by Jan Harris
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified on 1 May 2011 in Rome.
The ceremony, in St Peter’s Square, is expected to attract around 2 million people.
Pope Benedict has now approved the validity of the miracle that prompted the beatification process – the cure of a French nun who suffered from Parkinson’s disease after she prayed to the former Pope.
Pope John Paul also suffered from the same disease.
A second miracle must be attributed to Pope John Paul before he can officially become a saint.
A vial of Pope John Paul’s blood will be built into the altar of a new church in Krakow, Poland, after the beatification takes place.
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