01:22 AM EDT 04/14/2013
Pope John Paul II
Originally posted 05/01/2011 01:30PM
Pope John Paul II is one step closer to sainthood.
Pope Benedict XVI beatified the late Catholic leader on Sunday morning in Rome (the first step in the process of declaring someone a saint). A crowd of 1.5 million gathered in St. Peter's Square to witness the solemn celebration.
A giant photo of a young John Paul II was revealed as the crowd cried and applauded. "He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope," said Benedict in his homily.
Originally posted 05/13/2005 08:00AM
Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that he's put the wheels in motion for the recently deceased Pope John Paul II to be anointed a saint, overriding the usual five-year waiting period following the death of a possible candidate.
Originally posted 04/08/2005 03:00PM
LOVE OUTPOURING: From presidents and prime ministers to prelates and pilgrims, millions filled Rome on Friday for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, as millions more watched on TVs around the world, witnessing what is being called the largest religious gathering of modern times. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presided at the 2 1/2 hour Mass for the "late beloved pope" who, as Cardinal Ratzinger chronicled in his celebratory homily, rose from modest circumstances as a factory worker in Nazi-occupied Poland to become, in a life of obedience until his death at 84 last Saturday, leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics.
Originally posted 04/08/2005 07:50AM
As millions of people – from presidents and prime ministers to prelates and pilgrims – filled Rome on Friday for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, millions more watched on televisions around the world, witnessing what is being called the largest religious gathering of modern times.
Originally posted 04/07/2005 04:00PM
Friday’s funeral of Pope John Paul II in Vatican City is expected to be the largest gathering of both world powers and faithful members of the Catholic church in modern times.
Originally posted 04/07/2005 08:30AM
Rome is packed to the max, with authorities on Wednesday having to close down the overflowing lines of mourners wishing to pay last respects to Pope John Paul II. Waits of up to 24 hours are being reported.
Originally posted 04/05/2005 08:00AM
After an initial estimate of 2 million mourners, an unprecedented 4 million pilgrims are now expected to pay their final respects to Pope John Paul II, where the waiting line to view the body of the pontiff has reached 10 hours.
Originally posted 04/04/2005 08:00AM
The body of Pope John Paul II lay in state Sunday as an estimated 100,000 worshippers turned out for a morning mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome. As the day progressed, thousands more faithful continued to pour into St. Peter's Basilica to pay their respects.
Originally posted 04/03/2005 12:00PM
Sunday brought a full day of mourning for Pope John Paul II in every corner of the world.
Originally posted 04/01/2005 08:20AM
Pope John Paul II continued to slip in and out of consciousness on Saturday, the Vatican said, as millions around the world prepared for his passing.
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