Ten years since the beatification of John Paul II

It is ten years since one of the most important ceremonies that have taken place in this square, the beatification of John Paul II.


One and a half million pilgrims traveled to Rome to participate in the ceremony on May 1, 2011.

Pilgrim
“I come because I have felt something wonderful and the two times I was close to him I had a beautiful impression.”

Pilgrim Nigeria
“Africa, we come from Africa from very far away because he was a great man of God. The Pope came to Nigeria and now we come to Rome ”.

Many camped near St. Peter’s Square, to be the first to enter …

At five in the morning, the police began to allow entry.

In a short time, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims crowded around the Vatican.

Somewhat later the 87 delegations from around the world entered the square, including seven heads of government, 16 heads of state and five royal houses.

The ceremony began at 10 in the morning. And a few minutes later, the Pope pronounced the official formula.

BENEDICT XVI
“With our apostolic authority we grant that the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope, be called Blessed from now on.”

Later, the Polish nun who cared for John Paul II until his death and the French nun who was miraculously cured of Parkinson’s through the intercession of John Paul II, brought a relic of John Paul II to Benedict XVI.

After mass, the Pope and the cardinals prayed before the coffin of the new blessed. Also hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were able to approach.

A few days later, the remains of John Paul II were definitively transferred to the Chapel of San Sebastián, inside the Basilica of San Pedro, where they still rest.

Since then, this place has become one of the most visited in the Vatican.

Javier Martínez-Brocal/ Romereports.com

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