Indians To Join Pope John Paul II Beatification Ceremony In Rome
By SAR NEWS
BANGALORE, Karnataka (SAR NEWS) – A team of Christians from India, including bishops and priests, will participate in the beatification ceremony of the late Pope John Paul II, in the Vatican City in Rome, May 1.
Addressing reporters here April 20, Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore said Pope Benedict XVI would preside over the ceremony.
Beatification is a step before a Christian is declared a saint. A beatified person will be called “blessed”.
Moras, who will also take part in the ceremony, said close to three million people from across the globe were expected to descend on Rome for the charismatic Pope’s beatification.
In Karnataka, the occasion will be celebrated with a special Mass where 14 seminarians will be ordained full-fledged priests. Besides, the Archdiocesan Community Centre will screen a documentary on Pope John Paul II during May.
Special symposiums will be organised on the occasion and programmes for the youth will be held in June and July since the Pope was close to young people, the bishop said.