The Blessed John Paul II

by Ryan on May 1, 2011

in History,Religion

This morning (or this afternoon in Rome) the late Pope John Paul II was officially beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.  Beatification is the final step before sainthood in the Catholic Church.  The “Blessed John Paul” needs another miracle attributed to his intercession in order to finally be canonized a saint.

JPII’s contribution to growing the Catholic Church, inspiring millions of youth around the world, while having an integral role in the overthrow of European communism are enough to solidify his place in history as one of the most important of the 265 popes, certainly in modern times.  Don’t forget too that JPII was shot, had to deal with the devastating sex abuse scandals, and had Parkinson’s Disease all while he handled the rigors of the job, which he made global by being the most traveled pope ever.

Through his life story and example he showed us how to “be not afraid” as well as how to suffer with dignity.  It won’t be long before he’s Saint John Paul.

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