THE CATHOLIC HERALD
JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II: PAPAL SAINTS FOR OUR TIMES
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An estimated one million people attended the beatification Mass of John Paul II in St Peter’s Square on May 1 2011. Estimates of the numbers attending the joint papal canonisation on Sunday vary wildly from 800,000 to seven million
people to pray and attend Confession. St Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco has been allocated to English-speaking pilgrims for prayer and Confession.
TWO OF the most influential popes of the modern age will be canonised on Sunday at a historic Mass. There will also be a Mass of thanks- giving in St Peter’s Square at 10am on Monday morning. A special issue dedicated to the popes who shaped the 21st-century Church
The Mass, which takes place on Divine Mercy Sunday, will be preceded by the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet in St Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis will declare Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII saints at a Mass in St Peter’s Square beginning at 10am Rome time. During the ceremony on Sunday relics of each saint will be presented. The vial of Blessed John Paul II’s blood that was seen at his beatification will be used again. It will be encased in a reliquary featuring a silver sculpture of olive branches.
The event is not ticketed and pilgrims are expected to camp overnight to secure the best view. The Vatican has warned tourists not to be duped into buying fake tickets as the event is entirely free. An identical reliquary has been made for the relic of Blessed John XXIII which is a bone fragment removed from his tomb when it was first opened in 2001.
On Pope John XXIII:
On Pope John Paul II:
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor P10 Ted Harrison P10 Cardinal Peter Turkson P11 Madeleine Teahan P11
Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein P12 Emily Antenucci P12
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William Oddie P13 Dame Joanna Bogle P13 Garry O’Connor P14 Mgr J Brian Bransfield P14 Leonie Caldecott P15
George Weigel P15 Julian Filochowski P15
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￼￼Formal events will begin on Saturda y evening when there will be a prayer vigi l for the faithful of Bergamo, John XXIII’ s birthplace, in the Basilica of St Joh n Lateran at 6pm
￼Estimates of the numbers attending range wildly from between 800,000 to seven million. Catholics who are not able to attend the Mass in Rome will have the opportunity to watch the canonisations on the silver screen in 3D free of charge. Forty-seven cinemas across Britain will be screening the canonisations on Sunday. Cinemas in major cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will offer locals the opportunity to watch the historic event on the big screen in 2D or 3D.
￼￼Churches in the centre of Rome wil l then be open from 9pm on Saturday fo
Cities with cinemas broadcasting the ceremony include London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Sheffield. There will be five separate screenings across London and one each in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. More details can be found at the website Canonisation liveincinemas.com.
At a press conference at the Vatican, Mgr Dario Viganò said the live trans - mission would require “more satellite s than the Sochi Olympics”. He explaine d that the Vatican wanted to offer the cere - mony to the world in 3D in order to giv e people who could not attend the chanc e to have a “fully immersive” experience
Given that Sunday will mark the first papal canonisations of the millennium, memorable scenes and updates will be shared via Twitter, Facebook, smart- phone apps and YouTube. A designated website, 2papisanti.org, is now up and running. ￼
Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII are the first popes to be canonised for 60 years. In 1954 Pope Pius X was declared a saint. Before that the last papal canonisation took place in 1712. lies in a person responding to God’s grace, correcting his defects”, which in Blessed John Paul II’s case included sometimes being mercurial or brusque.
Fr Califano said: “Pope John was holy even as a child and as a young adult, in his desire to know himself and follow God’s will. Obviously, his papacy was the apex of his holiness, because then he had enormous weight on his shoulders, a great responsibility, and still knew how to pursue God’s will.”
At a Vatican press conference on Tues- day Mgr Sławomir Oder, promoter of Blessed John Paul’s Cause, and Fran- ciscan Fr Giovangiuseppe Califano, promoter of the Cause of Blessed John, discussed the holiness of the late popes. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that thinking of new saints only as models to imitate narrows their importance and misses one of the riches of Catholic teaching.
. Mgr Oder said that St John Paul woul d remain “a point of reference for hi s successors, but not only for them”. H e said that Karol Wojtyła, the future pop e and saint, pursued holiness as a student , an actor, a quarry worker, a poet, a pries t and a bishop and many people coul d find inspiration in his life
. He said: “Canonised saints are als o intercessors. They are recognised by th e people of God as friends, intercessor s and guides to an encounter wit h God. And, obviously, that is what thes e popes are.
r “John Paul II had defects like ever y man,” Mgr Oder added. “True holines
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￼￼Priest: Arabic breviary app wil l ‘open door to religious freedom
er.org ￼BY DAVID V BARRETT also has the complete text of the Roman Missal in Arabic. symbol of religious coexis- tence and peace,” he s aid. “I hope that the app is se en as a peaceful and not as a hostile gesture. And I hope it is not cen sored.” rid them of the idea tha t their very language and their culture are hostile to their fai th,” he said. “When I can’t pra y in my own language, it’s lik e if my religion was rape d by my culture. I also hope that my app might open a door fo r reli- gious freedom and be a first step on the path to pe ace and coexis tence.” PRIESTS in Muslim co untries where the breviary is banned will soon be able to acces s it in Arabic as an app o n their iPhones, thanks to a tec h-savvy priest. “Now, with the la unch of the Arabic version, the app can be used in those Musli m coun- tries where the brev iary is banned from sale and wh ere, in some countries, you cannot legally even possess one ,” said Fr P adrini. Fr Padrini, who gai ned his skills administering a papal photo-sharing websit e, is a parish priest in Piedm ont. He told the technology website Motherboard that th ere are far more Arabic-s peaking Catholics than most wes terners think. “I want to allow them to pray in their own langu
￼￼Fr Paolo Padrini, so metimes known as the iPriest, u nveiled the latest version of his app last Saturday, saying i t would open “the door for re ligious freedom”. The iB reviary contains more than j ust the Liturgy of the Hours. The app Assisting Christ ians in Muslim countries is i ncreas- ingly important as priests suffer violent persecution, the Italian priest explained. “The C atholic who prays in Arab h’ Pope’s gift ‘made Italian tenor surprise s mendancewithjoy’ Mass-goerswithhym
￼￼￼BY STAFF R EPORTER ing the envelope s “they began to dance with joy and to thank the Lord”, h e said. BY DAVID V BARRETT by the organist. It is not the first time the world -famous tenor has sung at the ic is a He is now considering creat- ing a Chinese version of the iBreviary, but is co ncerned because China is ski lled at online cens
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼AN EASTER card and gift of £30 or £40 from Pope Francis to 100 of Rome’s h omeless made men “dance wit h joy”, the papal almoner ha s said. A similar card and amount of money were give n to 30 women living at t he Casa Dono di Maria in th e Vati- can, a shelter run by the Missionaries of Chari ty, the order founded by Blessed Teresa of Ca
￼Archbishop Konrad Krajewski said that some of the homeless men he had met while distributing th e papal gifts last week were already preparing cardboard b eds for the night outdoors. O
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