On this day last year, Pope John Paul II was beatified. The ceremony occurred 5 years after his death because Pope Benedict XVI waived the normal five year waiting period before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, so they could investigate the life of John Paul II.
The late pontiff had been declared venerable on December 21, 2009. It was after that, that the Vatican began planning the pope’s beatification, after Pope Benedict XVI approved a miracle attributed to Blessed Pope John Paul II. May 1 was chosen for the ceremony, because, last year it was Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast that was very significant for John Paul II.
Blessed John Paul II needs to have one more miracle in order to be canonized a saint. Let us pray today for Blessed John Paul II and his work as pope. Let us remember all those lives he touched and helped throughout his time as pope.
Here is a quick read from the National Catholic Register
about Blessed John Paul II. Below is Prayer for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II.
O Blessed Trinity, We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen