Latest Update: The Vatican has launched the Facebook page promoting his beatification of Pope John Paul II. The pontiff, who died in 2005, will move a step closer to sainthood with his May 1 beatification by Pope Benedict XVI — or recognition of John Paul II’s entrance into heaven and his ability to intercede for those who pray in his name.
The Facebook page. Pope John Paul II (the Vatican page) is available here. Please “like” it and start to “share“.
Update: The Vatican will unveil the latest installment in its social media transformation next week – a Facebook page dedicated to the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II. The site, which will link to video highlights of John Paul’s 27-year papacy, is designed to promote the May 1 beatification.
Read original post published on January 18, 2011…
Mark your calendars on May 1, 2011 for this is the day that Pope John Paul II will be beatified. The recovery of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre from Parkinson’s disease was the miracle needed for John Paul to be beatified. A second miracle is needed for him to be canonized a saint.
Born as Karol Wojtyla in 1920, John Paul was the youngest pope in 125 years and the first non-Italian in 455 years when he was elected pontiff in 1978. He brought a new vitality to the Vatican, and quickly became the most accessible modern pope, sitting down for meals with factory workers, skiing and wading into crowds to embrace the faithful. He reached out to the poor, the neglected, those of other faiths, even the man who shot him in an assassination attempt in 1981. After suffering for years from the effects of Parkinson’s, he died on April 2, 2005 at the age of 84.
The selection of May 1, the first Sunday after Easter, as the beatification date is significant. It’s the Feast of Divine Mercy, which John Paul himself inaugurated in 2000 after canonizing Sister Faustina Kowalska to whom he was particularly devoted.
Once he is beatified, John Paul will be given the title “blessed” and can be publicly venerated, or worshipped.