Road to Canonization

42Personal Reflections on the Canonization Ceremonies at St. Peter’s can be found in the 2014 Spring/Summer issue of our newsletter, 2014 Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Information on events taking place at the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II in Rome, Italy

Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, Administrative Secretariat of the Foundation of the John Paul II Foundation of Rome, has supplied the following program which the Foundation is planning at the time of the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II which includes the Canonization Mass:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Concert: “Roman Triptych” presented by Stanislaw Sojka with the band, along with excerpts from the teachings of John Paul II – Chiesa Nuova – 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Canonization Mass at the St. Peter’s Square – 10 a.m.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meeting for all members of the John Paul II Foundation who will come for the canonization – Chiesa Nuova – 7 p.m.

Information on events taking place at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC

Father Gregory Gresko, Shrine Chaplin, has furnished us a copy of the Schedule of Events that are taking place at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine located at 3900 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017. You can see the Schedule by clicking here.

Canonization date announced for Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday morning (September 30) held the Public Ordinary Consistory for the forthcoming Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. During the course of the Consistory in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, the Pope decreed that his two predecessors will be raised to Sainthood on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.

On May 1, 2011, John Paul II was declared BLESSED

“By his witness of faith, love and apostolic courage, accompanied by great human charisma, this exemplary son of Poland helped believers throughout the world not to be afraid to be called Christian, to belong to the Church and to speak of the Gospel.” said his successor Pope Benedict XVI.

Blessed John Paul II to be made saint in November or April?

From an interview by Pope Francis on his plane returning from Brazil on July 30, 2013

“Pope Francis has said that two dates are possible for the canonization of the Polish Pope, John Paul II: November 24 or April 27 next year. Speaking to journalists on the papal flight from Brazil, where the pontiff attended World Youth Days, Pope Francis spoke openly about the difficulty of finding a date to canonize John Paul II, who died in April 2005. Pope Francis told journalists that December 8 — on the feast of the Immaculate Conception — was possible, but he worried that the winter weather would make it difficult for poorer Polish pilgrims to travel to Rome, the Catholic News Service reports. The Feast of Christ the King on November 24 was also possible, but would not give enough time to make the necessary preparations. Pope Francis said the best date could be Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27, the first Sunday after Easter in 2014.

Earlier in July, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican ruled an “inexplicable recovery” on May 1, 2011, was due to the late Pope’s intercession. The Polish Pope had been beatified the same day. Two miracles are needed to become a saint.

Father Jacek Siekierski, rector at St. Anne’s church in Warsaw told Polish Radio that the April date would be appropriate, given John Paul II’s involvement of the Cult of the Divine Mercy, which is related to the visions of Faustyna Kowalska from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.”

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The above article was taken from the PAC Media Watch (August 4, 2013) edited by Ted Mirecki.

From the Catholic Review, July 11, 2013

The Knights of Columbus in a statement said the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington would be offering a series of programs and events to mark Blessed John Paul’s canonization.

The shrine was established at the former Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, which the fraternal organization purchased in August 2012.