Entries in Pope John Paul II (5)


Pope Francis Approves Sainthood for John Paul II, John XXIII

Hulton Archive/UIG via Getty Images(ROME) -- On Friday, Pope Francis approved former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII for sainthood.

Pope Francis waived the requirement of a second miracle attributed to John XXIII, known as "Good Pope John," and officially recognized the second miracle attributed to John Paul II. John Paul II's second miracle is said to be related to intercession.

John Paul II would be the fastest member of the Catholic Church to become a saint in modern history, just eight years after his death. The previous record is held by Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva, who was made a saint in 2002, 27 years after his death, says the Washington Post.

The canonization of John XXIII without a second miracle is uncommon, though not unprecedented. John XXIII himself waived the requirement for St. Gregorio Barbarigo in 1960.

No date was given for the canonization ceremony.

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Poll: Outgoing Pope Popular, But Not as Much as His Predecessor

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Catholic Church has rebounded in overall public esteem in the United States as it’s moved away from the height of its child abuse scandals a decade ago, a trend that’s continued under the now-departing Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict himself is seen favorably by three-quarters of American Catholics, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds, and seven in 10 express a favorable opinion of his unusual decision to resign the pontificate for health reasons.

See a PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

The pope’s popularity lags that of his predecessor, John Paul II, who just before his death in early 2005 was seen favorably by 87 percent of Catholics and 67 percent of all Americans. Benedict’s comparable ratings are 76 and 54 percent favorable, respectively.

Eighty-six percent of Catholics, and 62 percent of all Americans, see the church itself favorably -- up steeply, by 17 and 22 points, respectively, from the height of its child sex-abuse scandal in late 2002.

Among Catholics, that improvement in the church’s basic popularity occurred before Benedict’s election, and has remained relatively stable since then. Among all Americans the path has been steadier, with most of the advance since 2002 occurring before Benedict’s election, and additional gains since.  

Benedict announced last week that he will step down Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

This poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that views of his decision to resign are linked to Americans’ opinions of him personally, and to a lesser extent, of the church. Those who see Benedict and the church favorably are more likely, by 21 and eight percentage points, to see his decision positively, as well.

CATHOLICS and OTHERS -- Catholics make up the largest single faith group in the United States, about a quarter of the adult population. While they are much more likely to have favorable opinions of their church and the outgoing pope compared with non-Catholic Americans (86 vs. 53 percent and 76 vs. 48 percent, respectively), majorities in both groups view the pope’s decision to step down favorably (69 and 62 percent).

Race, age and political predispositions all play a role in views of the pope and his resignation:

  • Among racial groups, Hispanics, who are more apt to be Catholics themselves, are more likely than whites and blacks alike to see the Catholic Church more positively. Hispanics also have more favorable views of Benedict’s resignation than blacks.
  • Sixty-four and 76 percent of seniors view the pope and his resignation favorably, compared with just about half of young adults.
  • Republicans and conservatives are more likely to view the church and Benedict favorably, compared with Democrats and independents and liberals and moderates. There’s less of a difference in attitudes on the pope’s resignation.

Finally, despite issues such as the church’s prohibition on women serving as priests, there’s no meaningful difference between men and women in views of the church, the pope or his resignation.

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Catholic Mass To Undergo Changes

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Worshippers at English-Speaking Catholic churches around the world will soon notice some minor changes to the Mass.

Starting November 26, Mass will sound a little different.

Although the language of Mass has gone untouched since 1974, this newly revised translation of the Roman Missal will mark the third time it has ever undergone changes.

The most notable change will be in the response from the people, not the Bible translations or Gospel readings.

For example, now when the priest says, “the Lord be with you,” the traditional response, “and also with you” will be replaced with “and with your spirit.”

Proponents say the new version will express a more precise reflection of the original Latin.

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We Are Church Says Beatification of Pope John Paul II 'Controversial'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ROME) -- The International Movement We Are Church released a statement Sunday denouncing the beatification of Pope John Paul II, calling him "controversial" and "contradictory."

The movement, which was founded within the Roman Catholic Church, based their opposition to Pope John Paul II on what they called a "discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism within the church."  The group also highlighted examples in which they accuse Pope John Paul II of having a "need for hierarchical control" and allowing sexual abuse to go on within the church.

The IMWAC states that beatification should only be measured according to whether or not someone who seeks the "well-being of God's people."

"The International Movement We Are Church believes that beatification and ultimately sainthood should not be measured by whether a 'miracle' can be attributed to a particular person, but rather, whether someone's life truly embodies the values of Christ who sought, not power, but the well-being of God's people.

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope John Paul II would be beatified on May 1, 2011.

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Pope John Paul II to Be Beatified in May

Photo Courtesy - Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- The pope approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II on Friday, paving the way for John Paul's beatification.

In a decree, Pope Benedict XVI declared that the curing of a French nun who was suffering from Parkinson's disease was "miraculous," which is the last step required for the beatification of John Paul.  The declared miracle puts John Paul one step closer towards becoming a saint.

The beatification is scheduled for May 1.  Benedict is expected to preside over the ceremony, which is expected to draw large crowds in Rome.

After the beatification, John Paul will be known as the Blessed John Paul II and will be able to be publicly venerated.  According to the Vatican's chief spokesman, John Paul's body will be moved from the grottos below to the chapel of San Sebastian inside the Basilica.´╗┐

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