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Online Edition: May 2011
Vol. XVII, No. 3

Beatification of Pope John Paul II - May 1, 2011

Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920; ordained to the priesthood in Kraków on November 1, 1946; elected to the Titular Church of Ombi on July 4, 1958; and consecrated bishop on September 28, 1958. He became the Archbishop of Kraków on January 13,1964; and was elevated to Cardinalate at the Consistory on June 26, 1967. He was elected to the Pontificate on October 16, 1978. He would serve the Church as pope for more than twenty-six years. He died on April 2, 2005. Six years later he was beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, on May 1, 2011.

Collect for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II

O God, who are rich in mercy

and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II

should preside as pope over your universal Church,

Grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,

we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,

the sole Redeemer of mankind,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Read the Homily of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for the Funeral mass of Pope John Paul II

Read the Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia

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