Entry 0158: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (IV)
On Sunday, 16 January 2011, after the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, commented on the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
"As you know, next 1 May I shall have the joy of beatifying my beloved Predecessor, Venerable Pope John Paul II. The date chosen is deeply meaningful: it will in fact be the Second Sunday of Easter, which he himself entitled Divine Mercy Sunday, on the eve of which his life on earth ended. Those who knew him, those who esteemed and loved him, cannot but rejoice with the Church in this event. We are glad!" (1)
Then, during the greetings to particular groups, the Pope addressed the people of Poland.
"Beloved Brothers and Sisters of Poland,
"I greet all of you gathered here in Rome, those in Poland and around the whole world.
"I share with you the joy at the announcement of the beatification of the Holy Father John Paul II, which will take place in Rome on 1 May 2011. This news was much awaited by everyone and, in a particular way, by you—the people from Poland, for whom my venerable Predecessor has been the guide in faith, in truth and in freedom.
"It is my wish for you that there be a profound spiritual preparation for this event and I cordially bless you all." (2)
(1) Official Web Site of the Holy See.
(2) Official Web Site of the Holy See.