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The Beatification of Pope John Paul II
  • New Pope Greets Church

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    Karol Wojtyla waves to waiting crowds in St. Peter's Square after being elected pope Oct. 16, 1978. (CNS file photo)

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  • Pope in Popemobile

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    Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ride in the popemobile during the late pontiff's visit to Germany in November 1980. (CNS from KNA)

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  • Pope with Assailant

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    Pope John Paul II visits with his assailant, Mehmet Ali Agca. in a Rome prison Dec. 27, 1983. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope in Assisi

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    Pope John Paul II attends an interreligious ecounter in Assisi, Italy, in 1986. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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  • Pope in Denver

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    Pope John Paul II is pictured in a 1993 photo during World Youth Day in Denver. (CNS photo/Joe Rimkus Jr.)

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  • Pope and Mother Teresa Meet

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    Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican in June 1997. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope at the Holy Door

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    Pope John Paul II kneels at the open Holy Door before shutting the large bronze door in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6.

    The Beatification of Pope John Paul II
  • Pope at Wailing Wall

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    Pope John Paul II places a prayer in a crevice of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, March 26, 2000. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope Prays Rosary

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    John Paul II prays the rosary Oct. 7, 2003, at the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary in the center of Pompeii, Italy. (CNS photo from Reuters)

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  • Pope Prays

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    Pope John Paul II prays during a ceremony marking the opening of the Year of the Eucharist in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 17, 2004. (CNS photo from Reuters)

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  • Pope Blesses Crowd

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    Pope John Paul II blesses the crowd from his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in 2005. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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  • Tomb of Pope

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    Pope John Paul II's tomb is pictured in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Nov. 18, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Follow the links below for more on Blessed John Paul II.

Blessed John Paul II: Witness to Hope
from St. Anthony Messenger

Video Reflections on Blessed John Paul II's Impact

Coverage of the Beatification of John Paul II from Catholic News Service

Saint of the Day Pope John Paul II entry

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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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