Masses, feast day (Oct. 22) announced for Blessed John Paul
The decree was published in the
A local bishop or the superior general of a religious order is free to choose the day or dates as well as the place or places for the thanksgiving Mass, as long as the Masses are celebrated by May 1, 2012, which is one year after the beatification, the decree said.
In the Diocese of Rome, where Pope John Paul served as bishop, and in all the dioceses of his native
The only places where parishes and churches can be named after Blessed John Paul without special Vatican permission are in the Diocese of Rome and the dioceses of
The text of the opening prayer for the Mass in honor of Blessed John Paul is: "O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as pope over your universal church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns."
300,000 expected for event
Church and local government organizers are planning to accommodate at least 300,000 people in St. Peter's Square and the surrounding area for Pope John Paul II's beatification Mass May 1.
Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, the Vatican-related pilgrimage agency, told reporters March 29, "
Father Cesare Atuire of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi said as soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced the beatification date, travel agents and others booked large blocks of hotel rooms. Now that the beatification is just a month away, they have a more precise idea of how many rooms they will need and so they are freeing up the extras.
In addition, he said, two campgrounds outside of
Because the pope is the bishop of
The diocese is passing the collection basket to large Italian companies to come up with at least $1.7 million to cover the costs of handling 300,000 pilgrims for the beatification, Msgr. Andreatta said.
Although the city of
The money will cover building a stage and installing a sound system and lighting at the Circus Maximus, running extra buses, covering the cost of the bus and subway tickets included in the pilgrim's package, renting and erecting crowd-control barriers and renting dozens of large video screens.
The screens will be placed in the squares around the
An Italian beverage company has donated 1 million bottles of mineral water, he said, and a restaurant chain has donated the ingredients for thousands of box lunches.
Father Atuire said that as of March 29, the largest numbers of pilgrims were coming from
Opera Romano Pellegrinaggi has launched a special website --- www.jpiibeatus.org --- to assist pilgrims with reservations and information. The information is available in five languages, including English.
‘Cured’ nun to speak at vigil
The French nun whose healing was accepted as the miracle needed for Pope John Paul II's beatification will share her story with pilgrims at a prayer vigil in
Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome, said the vigil April 30 would include "the precious testimony" of Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the former papal spokesman; Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, who was the pope's personal secretary for almost 40 years; and Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, the member of the Little Sisters of the Catholic Motherhood, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and believes she was cured in 2005 through the intercession of Pope John Paul.
Cardinal Vallini, other officials from the
After the prayer vigil at
The cardinal also announced that prayers for the Mass and the office of readings for Pope John Paul's feast day should be approved before the beatification, although he said people will have to wait until the beatification Mass to find out which date will be Pope John Paul's feast day each year.
Generally, when someone is beatified, only Catholics in his or her diocese or religious order can celebrate publicly the blessed's feast day
Even after the beatifications of Pope John XXIII and Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the Vatican insisted on maintaining the restrictive rule even though bishops around the world requested permission to have feast day Masses in their dioceses.
Cardinal Vallini said that the
Father Lombardi told reporters that the grotto under St. Peter's Basilica would be closed to the public April 29 and 30 as
The body of Blessed Innocent XI, who originally was buried in the chapel, will be transferred April 8 to the Altar of the Transfiguration, closer to the main altar, Father Lombardi said.
During the news conference, Msgr. Marco Frisina, director of the
Local service at Bright Mount
Preparations are underway at the Our Lady of the Bright Mount, the Polish Roman Catholic Parish in
On May 1 at 12 noon, Mass will be celebrated at the
On April 3, a Holy Mass was celebrated at noon, followed by a banquet and a concert, titled the Children and Youth in Tribute to John Paul II. Participants of the poster/collage and essay contest on John Paul II were presented with diplomas and prizes were distributed to the winners of the competition.
The Friends of JPII Foundation of Southern California and the Polish Parish of Our Lady of the Bright Mount have been organizing “Papal Days with JPII in
An album dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Cardinal Wojtyla’s visit to Our Lady of the Bright Mount is being compiled, and there are plans to locate a
For more information on these events, contact Our Lady of the