Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Santo Subito: 2011?!

Word has it that John Paul II's miracle necessary for the beatification process has been approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This means that his beatification is likely to occur in 2011. John Allen has the scoop: Report: Beatification of John Paul II likely in 2011 National Catholic Reporter.

While rumors circulated in 2009 and 2010 that the late Holy Father would be beatified on April 2, 2010, the fifth anniversary of his death, the idea eventually became absurd when rumor-spreaders and receivers learned that April 2, 2010 was Good Friday. I still maintain that this "coincidence" of dates provided an eloquent reminder of the meaning of John Paul's life and death.

In any event, the beatification has been long-awaited, with many of us never thinking we would be heading into a sixth year since the Holy Father's death without a "Bl." or "St." before his name. An October 16 beatification would be an incredible gift to the Church and would leave plenty of time for travel arrangements to be made for those who want to line St. Peter's Square for the big event.

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