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Topic: John Paul II beatification

A guide to the beatification events in Rome

The next event is a vigil at Circus Maximus tonight

Tomb of John Paul II is opened on eve of beatification

His casket is placed before the tomb of St Peter

Coffin of John Paul II is moved from its resting place

Casket is placed in front of the tomb of St Peter ahead of beatification

John Paul II’s legacy will last for centuries, says papal biographer

George Weigel says it will be several hundred years before the Church ‘takes on board’ the depth and breadth of the late pope’s teaching

Sunday’s beatification will be of a holy pope who began the fightback against the smoke of Satan

It will take 100 years to recover from the 1960s and 70s: but John Paul set us back on course

Blessed encounters with John Paul II

In meetings with the Polish pope over 25 years Fr Michael Collins got to see a side of him that most people never saw

Debate: Did John Paul II fundamentally renew Catholicism?

Or did he fail to tackle the deepest problems of the Church?

Vial of John Paul II’s blood to be venerated at beatification

The blood was drawn from the late pope by his personal physician in case he ever needed a transfusion

Rome full of souvenirs of Pope John Paul II

John Paul II’s face has flooded the Eternal City with posters and souvenirs of all kinds and for all tastes

Assisi alone is reason enough to beatify John Paul II

The Devil’s Advocate has a necessary task but the late Pope’s virtues outweigh his faults and errors of judgement