Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pope John Paul II's beatification thrills some but concerns others

From The Post-Gazette-

When Pope John Paul II died in 2005, Marie Milburn longed to go to his funeral but couldn't. This morning Ms. Milburn, the director of family life at Our Lady of Grace parish in Scott, was scheduled to be among millions in Rome to witness his beatification.

"It's a gesture to express my gratitude to him," said Ms. Milburn, 33. She began reading about him when she was 15 and responded to his challenge to stand up for the gospel and for the marginalized, especially fetuses vulnerable to abortion.

"He was so full of courage, full of hope and joy in Christ, and that touched my life so deeply," she said. "I think there will be some new inspiration that will come from this, for me and for the whole church."

Beatification means that Blessed Pope John Paul II has been found to have shown heroic virtue and that a miracle has been attributed to his prayers from heaven. A further miracle is required for sainthood. And there are some who believe that sainthood should wait.

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