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Beatus Ioannes Paulus II

Pope John Paul II is soon to be Blessed John Paul II. Benedict XVI will preside over the beatification rite for John Paul II on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday. (Decree here; excerpts here)

I will only add that future generations will know him as Saint John Paul the Great.

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Amen. I named my son, John Paul, in honor of this great, inspirational pope!

I find it ironic that Catholics are always trying to make gods out of their religious leaders. I hear it said that one of the qualifications for "sainthood" is that they are present for a miracle. Miracles are happening all the time with average people. I've heard stories of people being healed from Parkinson Disease, MS, cancer, limbs grown back, etc. just because people learned how to do what Jesus told them to do in the Gospels.
Nobody on the evangelical side is ordaining Smith Wigglesworth who has 17 recorded instances of praying people back from the dead! One of them he actually took out of his casket at a funeral parlor, propped him up against the wall and told him to wake up. They walked out of the parlor together! Of course, most Catholics would probably call that a lie. But the same authority that was given to Jesus to cast out demons, raise the dead, heal the sick and command storms is what He deligated to us 2000 years ago.
Stop being so lazy, get your Bible out, read it and start doing what it says. You won't have to wait for some pope to pray for you for healing. And for the record, if you want to know how Peter, Paul and Mary would feel about you praying to them, just read the book of Acts.

Cassue, get a clue. The posting is about canonizing John Paul a saint eventually, not a god/God. Besides, we're not always doing it as all popes would be saints, and they're not. Also, we do believe in miracles, and you are certainly welcome to start calling evangelicals saints. Instead of calling everyone a saint, start calling heroically holy men and women saints. No one is stopping you. By the way, we pray for intercessory prayers to the saints and the Blessed Mother, though they are obviously not Christ. I imagine that you pray for people or ask them to pray for you all the time even though they are not Christ. Why so angry that we have saints?

Here's an idea for your next post on all-thing-Vatican:

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/18/vativan-letter-sex-abuse-ireland.html

"A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police..."

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Craig Scanlon
Here's an idea for your next post on all-thing-Vatican:

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/18/vativan-letter-sex-abuse-ireland.html

"A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police..."

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