Pope John Paul II to be a Saint


The Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint, the Vatican announced Friday.

Pope Francis signed the decree Friday morning, the Vatican said. John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, and was in a way the first rock star pontiff, drawing vast crowds as he crisscrossed the globe.

At his funeral, thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square and chanted “Santo subito” — Sainthood now! The Polish-born pope was fast-tracked to beatification and became “the blessed” John Paul II barely six years after his death, the fastest beatification in centuries.

Pope John XXIII, who convened the Vatican II council in the 1960s, will also be declared a saint, the Vatican said

No date has been announced for the canonization ceremony.

Pope John Paul II, the third-longest serving pope in history, died in April 2005 at the age of 84.

He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other ailments for several years before his death.

During his tenure, he became the most widely traveled pope in history and canonized more saints than any other pope.

His papacy included a lot of firsts. He was the first modern pope to visit a synagogue and the first pope to visit Cuba.

There are essentially three steps to becoming a Catholic saint after death.

First, the title “venerable” is formally given by the pope to someone judged to have exhibited “heroic virtues.” Second, a miracle must be attributed to the deceased person’s intervention, allowing beatification. Canonization — or sainthood — requires a second attributed miracle.

In 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI approved John Paul’s first reported miracle: a French nun supposedly cured of Parkinson’s disease.

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, a nun whose order prayed to the pope after he died, said she was cured of the disease, an ailment that also afflicted John Paul.

The second miracle reportedly occurred in Costa Rica, where a woman said she recovered from a severe brain injury thanks to the intervention of John Paul, sources told CNN Vatican analyst John Allen.

Patrick Kelly, executive director of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, explained the church’s process for investigating reported miracles.

“A team of doctors first examine the miracle. Secondly, the team of theologians look at the miracles, and then they discuss amongst themselves the legitimacy and all the facts surrounding the miracles,” he said…


10 thoughts on “Pope John Paul II to be a Saint

  1. Given all those paedophile Priests allowed to abuseinnocent children with immunity for lifetimes, I sincerely wonder why?

    1. God raises-up Saints for HIS GLORY – for the Glory of HIS Church–giving Witness to Christ’s Saving Power–as a Witness to the Faithful…of the grain-of-wheat who laid down their Life for the sake of Christ/for the Life of THE Gospel…only to SAVE it and take it up again….
      And all this, in spite of Satan’s sordid and ad nauseam swashbuckling!
      This soon-to-be-Saint–John Paul ll’s Life has been impeccable in following Christ & the Gospels; a Life of Heroic Virtue–of supreme Holinesss, worthy of emulation–that is why he is a Saint (the bona fide miracles only confirm this)!
      If any of us would only be half-the-person of this great and Holy man!!

      1. > If any of us would only be half-the-person of this great and Holy man!!

        I agree Margaret. I didn’t like all of his decisions (Assisi comes to mind) but JPII was clearly a very dedicated and holy man.

  2. Mmm, I remain unsure if the word “impeccable” is applicable given HH Pope John Paul II’s appointment of the Australian Cardinal George Pell who can be seen here, actively supporting a paedophile Priest in Court instead of actively standing aside and having a clearly independent investigative inquiry which Pope John Paul II could’ve done lots more for Ireland, USA as well as Australia & anywhere else powerful Parish Priests were allowed to abuse their flock … “admitted to a systemic cover up of abuse by priests.”

    “HEATHER EWART: Hundreds of victims, their families and supporters, were demanding answer, the Foster family among them. One paedophile priest in the Church has ruined their lives and they say George Pell himself has compounded the damage.

    CHRISSIE FOSTER: And when we went to them, went to George Pell, he just crushed us.

    HEATHER EWART: This is their eldest daughter Emma on her first day at school. Her parents didn’t know it then, but the school priest Father Kevin O’Donnell repeatedly sexually abused her from that year on. Her younger sister Katie suffered the same fate. Years later, Emma committed suicide, and Katie is disabled after binge drinking and being hit by a car.

    ANTHONY FOSTER: There is – there’s absolutely nothing like losing a child.

    HEATHER EWART: They say their cries for help in 1997 to the then Melbourne Archbishop George Pell fell on deaf ears, even after they showed him photos they hoped would shock him into action.

    ANTHONY FOSTER: One of those photos was a photo of him presenting Emma with a certificate at her Church ceremony. And he said, “Oh, that’s very nice.” I then showed him a photo of Emma sitting on a bench with her two sisters beside her in our backyard just after we had found her having cut her wrists. He looked at that photo and said, “Oh, she’s changed, hasn’t she?” And that’s all he had: “Oh, she’s changed.” And there was not a shred of compassion.”

    1. FRANK MCGUIRE: Anthony Foster told this inquiry your behaviour displayed – and again I quote: “A sociopathic lack of empathy”. Do you understand why he drew that conclusion?

      GEORGE PELL: Well, I – I think it’s a pretty big call after a 20-minute meeting. And I don’t think the actions of the Church since then in any sense justify that.

      HEATHER EWART: Geelong parish priest Father Kevin Dillon was deeply disturbed by the Foster’s treatment. He came to the hearing today to support them and other victims.

      What does George Pell need to say to satisfy you?

      KEVIN DILLON, GEELONG PARISH PRIEST: I would dearly love to hear the Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney, as often referred to as the pre-eminent Catholic person in the country, both verbally and if not literally go on his knees and beg forgiveness.

      1. “In the photo, Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale (left, in sunglasses and hat) walks to court, accompanied by his support person (Bishop George Pell, then an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne), when Father Ridsdale was pleading guilty to his first batch of criminal charges in May 1993.

        But no bishop accompanied the victims, who felt deserted by the church leaders. Therefore, since 1993, Broken Rites research has supported many of the Catholic Church’s victims, as shown on this website.”

    2. Matthew: Clearly, it is not Cardinal Pell that is in question here for Sainthood. He was appointed Prelate in good Faith by then JPll and if there were any substantial claims to Cardinal Pell’s deficiencies…of awareness or lack of compassion, it has also been verified that the sins of the sons were visited upon the Father. That is to say, it has been disclosed (after JP ll’s death), that when all of these priestly scandals & cover-ups surfaced, JPll took upon himself self-inflicted penances (e.g. hair-shirt, sleeping on the floor etc.) to make reparation for these horrific crimes; this is not known by many but presented in facts leading up to his cause as Blessed.
      You say that “he could have done lots more”? What more could that be? I for one can tell you that he was ‘on the Cross with Jesus’–he suffered first hand as if those crimes were done to him and by him–he was Priest & Victim for all those scandalous & unfaithful priests; he felt the Injustice & Pain of the Victims and their families. He took upon himself the sins of his sons–he suffered greatly up to his last breath – that is “Anima Christi”–that is a Saint!!
      Furthermore, only Jesus Christ can say in Truth– “I have done ALL things WELL”. Pope JP ll went to confession weekly, he was personally & keenly aware that he did not do ‘all things well’ when measuring himself to the stature of Christ. It is easy for any one of us to criticize the actions of another or the lack thereof, but it is God Alone Who probes the mind, heart & Soul and KNOWS the stuff we are made of. In the ‘crucible of suffering’ a Saint is forged!

      I am also inclined to believe that these so called ‘pedophile priests’ did not truly have a priestly vocation to begin with; that they were/are ‘agents of Satan’ and cleverly went through the hoops only to do the devil’s bidding–about his business…of discrediting Christ’s Church, perverting Souls and heaping great scandal and thereby distrust of the people; my personal feeling anyway.

      1. Mmm, Margaret, many mothers’ children suffered, suffer still, suicides even. Families broken yet you seem to think that flying around our planet & kissing the ground, with sack cloth & ashes (reminds my mind of Rasputin’s weekly actions), somehow justifies sainthood.

        I honestly don’t get what appears to be apologetics?

        As I write, Bishop Michael Malone was put on the spot with documentation only sighted by him 3weeks ago, after 16years as the Bishop,

        My mind, conscience struggles to follow your logic with fundamental issues where life is sacred but allowing paedophile priests to perpetrate, perpetuate then get away without justice is anathema, suffer the little chrildren?

      2. Mmm Matthew, I do suppose you don’t get what is…deeper spiritual realities. However, since you seem bent on pinning the pedophile tail on the papal donkey, I will simply say that a ‘devil’s advocate’ has already been present at the canonization process of Blessed JPll and had pressed every possible opposing argument. That means all was disclosed and all was scrutinized; all that was left was for God to place HIS indelible ‘seal of approval’–which was the ‘final miracle’ required, affirming that God indeed wants Bl. John Paul ll to be raised to the ‘Altar of the Elect’ & recognized in the Cannon of the Saints. And that is more than good enough for me!
        Please know too, that the Pope belongs to the ‘entire Church’ throughout the world. So his travels were ‘Inspired by the Holy Spirit’ – touching, inspiring, healing Lives & enlivening the Faith of countless millions, as well as reconciliation & inter-Faith dialogue – a world-wide Evangelization! And yes, he did “kiss the ground” of his beloved Poland when returning there; a gesture of Love & Gratitude…beyond words. I don’t think he wore sack cloth & ashes though–too ostentatious for such a humble Soul!

        “Justice is Mine, says the Lord”, so no one gets away with anything – ultimately! Jesus was most clear about those who “suffer the little children”–something about “a mill-stone be tied around the neck and cast into the sea”. Perpetrators of this heinous crime WILL pay the last farthing–if not in this life than in the next. That is what our Faith teaches, that is what should bring comfort of hope & healing of forgiveness to all who bore under these sufferings. Mother Church also opens her arms wide to “healing” of these victims & their families; as well as paying-out millions of dollars in damages – which constitutes recompense in this life…and then there is the Life after…?!
        Please know too, innocent priests have been stripped of their faculties because of false & ludicrous trumped-up charges against them, so there are “victims” on both sides!

        Jesus said: “suffer NOT the little children to come unto ME” – that is the Ultimate answer to this Healing process and as you say, the “sacredness of Life”. That is why we who call ourselves Christians MUST be the instruments of BEING Christ to others–the buck stops here, with you and me, with each and every one of us. It is not about a political system, a legal system, a democratic system, it is about our ‘individual Transformation IN Christ’!

        A lesson of perspective for reason & logic, when attributed to ‘spiritual matters’, is exemplified in the holy inquisition of St. Therese of Lisieux: when one of the sisters that lived with the then sr. Therese, was asked to write something about her, she replied–“why, what is there to say about sr.Therese, she didn’t do anything”. And yet…Pope Pius x proclaimed her “the greatest Saint of modern times”! How we view/perceive things/people can be a universe away how God sees…All!

        Lastly, the Evil One just loves to stir-up-the-pot on ‘priestly scandals’ – to ‘bring a priest down’ is the greatest trophy for him. So when you ‘magnify’ all this media coverage, I can just imagine him frothing-at-he-mouth-with-delight – it gives him too much credit/glory. I had no intention of meddling in his mess when I first replied to you but alas, that iniquitous gravitational pull. So I shall close by saying: In all of our sufferings, may our sufferings serve God; in any injustice or persecution or even death, may that serve God as well. Christ said: “My Peace I give to you, My Peace I leave with you, not as the world gives, do I give” – nothing, absolutely nothing, should cause us to loose THIS Peace; if we do, we are not yet ‘perfected in our Christianity’!
        The Peace of Christ be with you!

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