Pope John Paul II, who died almost six years ago, will go through beatification. Beatification is part of the procedure for canonization. It’s usually the last step before becoming a saint. The title and honor will be granted officially after Easter. This is one honor that cannot be bought with a payday advance.
Announcement of John Paul II getting beatification
There has been an announcement that the Vatican made, reports the Los Angeles Times. Apparently Pope John Paul II can be getting beautification on May 1. The Catholic Church uses beautification as an honor which is part of the canonization process leading to a saint. Pope Benedict XVI was named to the papacy. Right after that, the canonization process for John Paul II was announced. It is odd because generally canonization won’t happen for somebody for at least five years. However, this has happened before where the wait period didn’t apply. Pope Benedict conferred the title of “Venerable” upon John Paul in 2009, though he will receive the honorific “Blessed” upon beatification.
Requirements canonization has
The process of canonization is difficult and will leave someone acknowledged as a saint. A person is only considered after having been confirmed to perform a miracle when alive or a dead. The new York Times reports that Pope John Paul II performed a miracle after he died. A French nun, Sister Marie Pierre Simon, prayed to him after his death and was cured of Parkinsons’ Disease, which John Paul suffered toward the end of his life. A committee of the Vatican accepted that as a miracle as doctors said she had no traces of the disease with no explanation. Before becoming a saint, another miracle has to happen from that person.
Last century’s icon
Within the 20th century, John Paul II was one of the most iconic Pope. However, the growing number of sexual abuse cases within the Catholic Church cast a shadow over his last few years and has clouded the term of Benedict XVI, his successor.
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