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Blessed John Paul II: All Eyes Look to Rome for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Like all great Saints, John Paul was so configured to the Lord Jesus Christ that his life revealed Him to others. He had "put on Christ", (Rom. 13:14) as the Apostle Paul proclaimed and could claim those words written by the same apostle to the Galatians as his own "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me." (Galatians 2:20)
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - All eyes look to Rome today as millions of pilgrims, some on foot, many more in heart, gather for the Liturgy wherein their Champion, the Beloved and Venerable Pope John Paul II, will be raised to the altar by his friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI. He will henceforth be known as "Blessed John Paul II. From the day when he passed to the Father and the crowds in Rome spontaneously shouted the prayer which has been raised to heaven ever since, Santo Subito, we have all longed for this day. We long for the one which is sure to follow, when the Church acknowledges that to which our faith already attests, John Paul II is a saint.