We are pleased to announce that also a small conclave of Catholic bishops from the Benedictine Celestine of the renewal was invited & attended the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pope John Paul II on the 1st May 2011.
The beatification mass was so inspiring both from a spiritual and embracing point of view. There were over 1.5 million faithful souls present to witness and be a part of the beatification of a well loved and admired and respected Holy Father. The presence was to see once gain one of the longest reigning Holy Fathers and to see the present Holy Father our beloved and loved His Holiness filling St. Peter's Square and its surrounding streets, and for those watching around the world the beatification was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the pope was almost universally beloved. Pope Benedict XVI Saint-making process isn't a judgment of how John Paul administered the church but rather whether he lived a life of Christian virtue. Beatification is the last milestone before a candidate is declared a saint. Pope John Paul II needs another miracle attributed to his intercession before he can be canonized. Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, wearing a black lace mantilla, mingled with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. Poland's historic solidarity leader and former President Lech Walesa and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who sidestepped a European Union travel ban to attend. A total of 87 international delegations, attended the ceremony, including 22 world leaders. Five European royal families were represented. The British Royal Family was represented by the Duke of Gloucester. The ceremony was also attended by Jewish leaders. Israel was represented by minister without portfolio Yossi Peled. After nearly a three-hour Mass, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI prayed before Pope John Paul II coffin, which had a copy of the Lorsch Gospels placed on it, an illuminated medieval book of the Gospels that is one of the most precious in the Vatican's collection. During the Mass, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received a silver reliquary holding a vial of blood taken from John Paul during his final hospitalization. The relic, a key feature of beatification ceremonies, will be available for the faithful to venerate. It was presented to him by Sister Tobiana, the Polish nun who tended to Pope John Paul II throughout his pontificate, and Sister Marie Simone-Pierre of France, whose inexplicable recovery from Parkinson's disease was decreed to be the miracle necessary for Pope John Paul II to be beatified.
Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake with fellow Roman Catholic Bishops at the beatification Mass on looking at the thousands of faithful after been cleared through heavy security & secret service at the Vatican and participating in the Mass at St Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake & Bishop Brian Dineley co-celebrating with at least 60 Roman Catholic Bishops Vatican II at St Peters Basilica, Rome at Thanks giving Mass celebrated by Cardinal Diswiz & Cardinal Bertone.
Millions of faithful attended the Mass with at least 60 vested bishops and hundreds of priests.
Afterwards all the bishops gathered in the vestry chatting about the events of the day and Mass.
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