Notification on Beatification of John Paul II

Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus

The Vatican has sent out the following notice today:

"The beatification of Servant of God Pope John Paul II will be a major ecclesial event divided into the following five stages:

"A preparatory vigil organised by the diocese of Rome will take place at the Circus Maximus on the evening of Saturday 30 April (preparation from 8.30 to 9pm, vigil from 9 to 10.30pm), organised by the diocese of Rome which had the Venerable Servant of God as its bishop. The vigil will be led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, His Holiness' vicar general for the diocese of Rome, while the Holy Father Benedict XVI will be spiritually present through video linkup.

"The beatification ceremony will begin at 10am on Sunday 1 May in St Peter's Square, presided by the Holy Father. Participation in the event does not require a ticket, although access to the Square and surrounding areas will be regulated by the police.

"The veneration of the remains of the new blessed will be possible for all faithful, beginning immediately after the beatification ceremony on Sunday 1 May. The remains of the new blessed will remain exposed for veneration in front of the Altar of the Confession in the Vatican Basilica for as long as the faithful continue to arrive.

"A Mass of thanksgiving is scheduled to take place in St Peter's Square at 10.30am on Monday 2 May, presided by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone SDB.

"The interment of the remains of the new blessed in the Chapel of St Sebastian in the Vatican Basilica will take place privately".

Source: VIS

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