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The Late Pope John Paul II To Be One Step Closer To Sainthood In Beatification Ceremony

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Thousands have gathered in Rome in preparation for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on Sunday.

The process usually takes centuries, however John Paul's successor, Pope Benedict, fast-tracked the beatification just six years after his death.

Before Sunday's mass, the coffin of John Paul was exhumed and will be placed before the main altar for viewing. After the ceremony, he will be known as "the Blessed John Paul II" and will be one step closer to sainthood.

The movement doesn't come without protests as many believe the former pope helped to cover up the sexual abuse claims made against the Catholic Church.

Others argue that his beatification simply symbolizes the approval of a popular pope who helped bring down Communism.

Andrea Riccardi, the founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a liberal Catholic group and a biographer of John Paul testified in favor of his beatification:

"This beatification is different because this pope is different. He’s a man with a role in history, not just in church history. The seal of sainthood doesn’t close the debate on history. In a certain sense, for many Catholics he’s already a saint, even without beatification and, let’s be honest, even without a miracle."

Whether or not anyone approves the beatification, it still is history in the making and will be a reason to celebrate his life and the Church.

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25 comments to “The Late Pope John Paul II To Be One Step Closer To Sainthood In Beatification Ceremony”



  1. 1

    Is he a celebrity? I want some dirt.



  2. 2

    This guy had such a crazy life. Read about the stuff he did before he was Pope, when he was Karol Wojtila. It's incredible.



  3. 3

    The Vatican never changed from Paganism and are behind bringing on the New World Order.



  4. 4

    Hairplugs for Hilton of course he is a celebrity. He was one of the most famous people to every live. I don't personally like him or think he was a saint but he was a celebrity.



  5. 5

    Great. He can be the patron saint of pedophiles everywhere.



  6. 6

    you would not catch me near that casket! I can just imagine how that smells!!



  7. 7

    Anyone who condones or fails to punish child molesters is hardly a saint!



  8. 8

    One of the people at this ceremony is notorious murderous dictator Mugabe.



  9. 9

    Eww! Rotten old corpse, worms, rats, rotten corpse smell.

    Hope they got the garlic and holy water ready, just in case Vlad wakes up again!



  10. 10

    Always surprised at the number of people that still can cope with this nonsense.



  11. 11

    Too bad he didn't approve birth control - he ensured millions of innocent children would be born into desperate poverty. Why can't religious nuts understand the planet can't take their irresponsible behavior? Oh well, more little victims who may someday scrape together 2 cents to put in the collection plate so the Catholic church will be enriched.



  12. 12

    People who hide pedophiles are not saints. How are we to believe in any religion that hides pedophiles? And who are you that still believe and why do you believe after you've seen what the Catholic church has done?

    The Catholics are not the only church hiding them. I know, I worked directly on church abuse cases. I saw things I wish I'd never seen and hope to never see again, all hidden under the name of religion.



  13. 13

    I hate to burst the bubble for all of you catholics but the guy wasn't looking too good last time we saw him. They kept him outside in Rome for something like five days and he was looking a little dusty by the time they finally buried him.



  14. 14

    Covering up thousands of molestations, keeping the offenders out of the hands of the law and out of the public eye…… saintly indeed.



  15. 15

    Digging up the casket seems creepy. Don't they believe his soul is in heaven?



  16. 16

    WHY is the pope carrying a Satanic Cross?



  17. 17

    Re: hammerman
    Yopu should stop taking drugs.



  18. 18

    God doesn't exist, Perez.
    Why should we celebrate the Church?



  19. 19

    He was a NICE guy but seriously, I don't think he was truly a SAINT. Sainthood shouldn't be a political campaign it should be based on UNDENIABLY AMAZING MIRACLES…as with like, Joan of Arc!



  20. 20

    it's shocking how many simple minded morons still believe in God and all the bullshit!! nothing but pedo's and creepers!!



  21. 21

    Its amazing to me the lack of respect some people have. Before you post something why don't you educate yourselves about his life, I'm sure its far more fascinating then the ones you live. If you knew that he help MILLIONS of people around the WORLD NOT JUST CATHOLICS maybe you would have a different opinion… Before you point and judge, make sure your own fingers are clean..

    and for all you non believers i wonder who you'll turn to on your death bed? must be horrible thinking you die and nothing happens..



  22. 22

    John Paul II did more to protect tens of thousands of pedophiles who raped hundreds of thousands of children than anyone in history. For more than 25 years, he oversaw a consistent, world wide approach to

    1) protecting pedophiles
    2) hiding the truth
    3) putting future children in danger
    4) and ignoring the victims of child rape

    If he was the President of Disney, and pagans heard that Disney employees had raped 100 children, and management knew about it, America would burn the place to the ground, and the management team would never work again. Americans would form lynch mobs to hang them all. The President would never be able to leave his house.

    Instead, Catholics will make him a Saint if they can find a second miracle. Here's the second miracle - he convinced 500 million Catholics that raping children was no big deal.



  23. 23

    Any true Christian/Catholic knows that any sort of abuse if wrong and such abusers must be brought to justice. Believe it or not this is addressed at Mass by priests. It is not for the Pope to punish criminals it is the law. It is always the case people are too quick to point out the bad and forget all the good that JP II did. As usual, people feel they can mock the Catholic faith, however other faiths seem to get away with mass murdering and raping and much more as this would not be 'PC'. Blessed JP II, I love the idea of another Saint in Heaven, for us to pray to for miracles.



  24. 24

    Re: nikkki26 – Shut up bitch, is that your strongest point to support religion ? Afterlife ? Someone to forgive your fuckups ?



  25. 25

    lol that's the point of religion to believe in a higher power that can guild you through your everyday life so that you can spend eternity in a better place… sounds pretty good if you ask me, besides faith is the belief and trust of the unknown, no point of me explaining anymore to an uneducated person… Read a little about Christianity then argue ;)