Pope Benedict XVI: “His example of prayer continually impressed and edified me”
At least 1.5 million attended the beatification of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 1st May.
Pope Benedict XVI, who presided over the ceremony, told the congregation that during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, “we perceived the fragrance of his sanctity” and in a number of ways, “God’s People showed their veneration for him. For this reason, with all due respect for the Church’s canonical norms, I wanted his cause of beatification to move forward with reasonable haste. And now the longed-for day has come; it came quickly because this is what was pleasing to the Lord: John Paul II is blessed!”