Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Servant of God John Paul II

I've been quite busy recently helping out with the Postulation that I haven't had time to blog. Just for your information, the office has been inundated not only with requests for the holy cards with the "ex indumentis" (piece of clothing of John Paul II), but after sending out an SOS to the world (where's Sting when you need him), it has been inundated also with a generous response from so many people who want to help out the Cause to cover the costs of postage in sending out the holy cards with the "ex indumentis."

An exciting thing is that the web page has been updated. Take a look:

If you want, subscribe to "Totus Tuus" magazine or make a donation to help out the cause.

In case you haven't heard the news, it was announced a few days ago that the closing of the diocesan phase of the cause has been finished and will be officially closed in a ceremony on April 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 PM at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Now hold on to your horses and don't start calling the travel agent... the cause will now go to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. There is a whole process that the cause will have to go through, then B16 will have to approve the cult, declaring JPII venerable, accept the judgement of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints on the reported miracle, etc, and as things here in Rome tend to go slow, we won't see a beatification of JPII this year.

Receiving Pope John Paul II's blessing after serving the Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th, 2004). I've got the beard and glasses - the last friar in the line before Msgr. James Harvey.


Update: For information on the process involved in a cause for beatification and canonization, see "Making Saints," a document put out by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Just so you know, in regard to JPII, April 2nd will be the end of phase 1 and the beginning of phase 2.


forget me not said...

Lucky you!!

Anonymous said...

I think B16 already declared JP II venerable.. in his heart, and in his ministry.

Br. Chris Gaffrey, ofm said...

Anonymous: Thanks for your comment. B16 has just published a book on John Paul II. As Whispers from the Loggia reported, there are some sections where B16 mentions how he disagreed with JPII's decisions in some cases.

Of interest is also the fact that B16 has stopped using the term "great" to describe JPII, but instead has used the term "beloved"... the respectoive terms in Italian are "grande" and "amato", the former being used almost in reference to a saint declared "great" like St. Gregory the Great, and the latter a term pope's have used for their predecessors. I personally think that this is a sign of B16 wanting to err on the side of caution and not give the impression of already canonizing JPII. It is smart and prudent of him to do so too. JPII will only be officially declared "venerable" when his heroic virtue has been recognized by the Holy Father and he declares him worthy of veneration. This normally happens after the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has investigated his heroic virtues.

I'm excited about the Cause for JPII, but I also understand that there is an official procedure that takes time. In the end, we have to be patient as discernment is necessary in proclaiming blesseds and saints.