“Blessed” or Cursed John Paul II? His Papal Beatification

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The previous pope of Rome, John Paul II, was beatified on the 1st May by his successor, Benedict XVI, in a lavish and globally-visible ceremony at the Vatican, six years after his death on the 2nd April 2005.  It was, in the words of the director of the Vatican newspaper, “a historic event which has no precedent.”  Internationally, Roman Catholics welcomed the beatification, and informally he was already being called, by Roman Catholics and many others, “Pope John Paul the Great.” Continue reading