Nuns, sisters, brothers, priests played role
in Pope John Paul II's beatification process
A FRENCH NUN, Sœur Marie-Simon-Pierre, a member of the Congrégation des petites sœurs des maternités catholiques, played an important role in the Vatican’s decision to beatify Pope John Paul II. It was Marie-Simon-Pierre's apparent cure from Parkinson’s disease through John Paul II’s intercession that provided the necessary miracle for the Pope’s beatification.
The beatification ceremony, scheduled for this Sunday, May 1, in St. Peter’s Square, comes after years of investigation and documentation of the Pope’s holiness. In all, 114 people, both for and against beatification, were given 129 questions to answer, according to Rome reports. The group was made up of 35 cardinals, 20 bishops, 11 priests, 5 religious, 3 nuns, 36 lay Catholics, 2 Orthodox Patriarchs, 1 Anglican Primate, and one Jew.
After Sunday’s ceremony, the Pope will receive the title Blessed and his memorial feast will be celebrated each year on Oct. 22. The popular pope needs one more miracle before he can be declared a saint.
Conferring sainthood on someone like John Paul II, who was so prominent in the 20th century, has powerful potential, says Jesuit Father James Martin, author of My Life with the Saints (Loyola, 2006) in a report in the Chicago Tribune. “It's not only an occasion to remind people that miracles happen, but also to remind people that saints walk among us. They're flesh and blood human beings that some of us may have even seen in person. That's probably just as important as the belief in miracles.”
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