By Father Thomas Rosica-
This past January, I was attending the World Youth Day 2011 International Preparatory Meeting of the Episcopal Conferences of the world, which includes leaders of international youth movements and the Spanish national team for world Youth Day 2011, taken place in the Royal Monastery of El Escorial in the mountains outside Madrid in Spain. On the Friday of our meetings, they were interrupted when Cardinal Stanislas Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the laity at the Vatican. Made the important announcement to share.
Pope Benedict XVI had approved the miracle attributed to the venerable Servant Of God, POPE JOHN PAUL II, thus clearing the way for his beatification. Cardinal Rylko then announced that Pope Benedict himself, would formally proclaim John Paul ‘Blessed on May 1, 2011 during a ceremony in St Peters Square at the Vatican. In this writer’s opinion, Good for Pope John Paul! He deserves the time in the light and in many people’s opinions, is the best of the best of popes in our time! See more of the story at