Friday, May 13, 2005

John Paul the Great's Cause is Open for Business

Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he was allowing the immediate opening of Pope John Paul II's cause for sainthood, setting aside the five-year waiting period called for by church law. Pope Benedict made the announcement at the end of a speech to the priests of the Diocese of Rome gathered for a meeting and a dialogue with him at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Reading from a letter in Latin, the pope announced his decision "to dispense from the five-year period of waiting after the death of the servant of God, Pope John Paul II. ..."

Pope Benedict had to wait several minutes to finish the sentence -- saying he was authorizing the immediate opening of the "cause for beatification and canonization" -- because the priests broke into a loud and sustained standing ovation.

Let's keep on crankin' with Fr. Tharp's prayer.

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