Pope to mark John Paul II death

Pope John Paul II

A MASS to mark the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death will be held on March 29 as the actual anniversary falls on Good Friday.

Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Mass.

During the prayers of the faithful, this petition will be offered in Polish: “For the Venerable Pope John Paul II, who served the Church to the limit of his strength: So that from heaven he intercedes to spread the hope that is realized by fully participating in the glory of the resurrection.”

At the funeral of the late Pope, who was Pontiff for 26 years, there were cries from the congregation of santo subito (make him a saint now).

Two years after his death Pope Benedict proclaimed him a Servant of God and last December he was given the title Venerable.

While over 200 miraculous healings have been attributed to Pope John Paul II, a second validated miracle is still required for his canonisation.




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