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.