Beatification of POPE JOHN PAUL II :


Pope Benedict XVIbeatifies John Paul II before 1.5M faithful
A million cheers as John Paul II declared blessed



PHOTOS & messages were copied from below websites: (Thank you!)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110501/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_john_paul_ii

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Beatification-Pope-John-Paul-II/ss/events/wl/050111johnpaulbeatif


JPII-Beatification-1:
Cardinals kiss the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica



JPII-Beatification-2,3:
Faithful pay homage at Pope John Paul II's resting place under the altar of St. Sebastian's chapel in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, May3, 2011. On the evening of Monday May 2, in a private ceremony, the late pope's remains were moved to it's new resting place near Michelangelo's famed 'Pieta''' marble sculpture. Pope John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-4:
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope John Paul II's longtime secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, kneels as hecelebrates a mass in front of Pope John Paul II's resting place under the altar of St. Sebastian's chapel in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. On the evening of Monday May 2, in a private ceremony, the late pope's remains were moved to it's new resting place near Michelangelo's famed 'Pieta''' marble sculpture. Pope John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-5:
A man arranges souvenirs of beatified John Paul II at a newly inaugurated shrine in Morong, Bataan province, northern Philippines, Monday May 2, 2011



JPII-Beatification-6:
A Filipino devotee poses beside a photo of beatified John Paul II at Morong, Bataan province, northern Philippines on Monday May 2, 2011. Hundreds of villagersled by church officials have unveiled a memorial shrine of beatified John Paul II at a former processing center for Indochinese refugees.



JPII-Beatification-7:
Stanislaw Dziwisz,standing second from right, reads his message from the alter beneath a tapestry showing John Paul II, during a thanksgiving mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Monday, May 2, 2011. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. The Mass is being celebrated by the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Among the large crowds entering the square Monday were many Poles overjoyed at Sunday's beatification of the Polish-born pontiff. After Sunday's beatification, about 250,000 faithful filed past John Paul's simple wooden coffin in St. Peter's Basilica.



JPII-Beatification-8:
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, center wearing the mitre, is followed by prelates as he walks towards the alter beneath a tapestryshowing late Pope John Paul II for a thanksgiving mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Monday, May 2, 2011. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. The Mass is being celebrated by the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Among the large crowds entering the square Monday were many Poles overjoyed at Sunday's beatification of the Polish-born pontiff. After Sunday's beatification, about 250,000 faithful filed past John Paul's simple wooden coffin in St. Peter's Basilica.



JPII-Beatification-9:
The reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II is carried in procession prior to a thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican



JPII-Beatification-10:
Former late Pope John Paul II personal secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, right, greets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prior toa thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, May 2, 2011. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. The Mass is being celebrated by the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Among the large crowds entering the square Monday were many Poles overjoyed at Sunday's beatification of the Polish-born pontiff. After Sunday's beatification, about 250,000 faithful filed past John Paul's simple wooden coffin in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope had been buried in the grottoes underneath the church, but his closed casket was brought to the church's center aisle ahead of the beatification.



JPII-Beatification-11:
The reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II is carried in procession prior to a thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,Monday, May 2, 2011. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. The Mass is being celebrated by the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Among the large crowds entering the square Monday were many Poles overjoyed at Sunday's beatification of the Polish-born pontiff. After Sunday's beatification, about 250,000 faithful filed past John Paul's simple wooden coffin in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope had been buried in the grottoes underneath the church, but his closed casket was brought to the church's center aisle ahead of the beatification.



JPII-Beatification-12:
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone blesses the reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II as he celebrates a thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, May 2, 2011. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. The Mass is being celebrated by the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Among the large crowds entering the square Monday were many Poles overjoyed at Sunday's beatification of the Polish-born pontiff. After Sunday's beatification, about 250,000 faithful filed past John Paul's simple wooden coffin in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope had been buried in the grottoes underneath the church, but his closed casket was brought to the church's center aisle ahead of the beatification.



JPII-Beatification-13:
A girl attends a Catholic mass marking the beatification of late Pope John Paul II at the Sacred Heart of Turgeau church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday,May 1, 2011.



JPII-Beatification-14:
A boy dressed like late Pope John Paul II looks at the camera during an open-air Mass celebrating his beatification in Guatemala City, Sunday, May 1, 2011.Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-15:
Pilgrims rest before the late Pope John Paul II's beatification mass at St. Peter Square in Vatican May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul II was moveda major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a ceremony that drew about a million and a half people to Rome and was celebrated by Catholics around the world.



JPII-Beatification-16:
Women sleep on the street as they wait for the opening of entry to St. Peter's Square before the beatification mass for the late John Paul II in theVatican May 1, 2011. Pope John Paull II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-17:
Faithful carry an image of late Pope John Paul II during an open-air Mass celebrating his beatification in Guatemala City, Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholicsworldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-18:
A woman prays with a rosary at the Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, May 1, 2011, after the beatification ceremony of late Pope John Paul IItook place at the Vatican City.



JPII-Beatification-19:
A woman holds a photograph of late Pope John Paul II after Mass commemorating his beatification outside the cathedral in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, May 1,2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-20:
A woman holds a photograph of late Pope John Paul II during a Mass commemorating his beatification at the cathedral in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, May 1,2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-21:
Catholics priests are given framed images of the late Pope John Paul II during an open-air Mass commemorating his beatification, in Granada, Nicaragua,Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood. The framed images were a gift from Granada's Bishop Jorge Solórzano to the attending clergy.



JPII-Beatification-22:
Worshippers take part in a ceremony to mark the Beatification of the late Pope John Paul II in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Latin Christians markedSunday's beatification of Pope John Paul II with services in Bethlehem, with Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad evoking the late pontiff's words "do not fear.



JPII-Beatification-23:
A general view of St Peter's square during John Paul II beatification ceremony at The Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the status of "blessed"on his predecessor John Paul II on Sunday in front of a million people in a ceremony that puts the late pope one step away from sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-24:
Details of the beatification of the late John-Paul II. Some 200,000 pilgrims attended an emotional vigil in memory of the late pope ahead of a ceremonythat will bring him a step closer to sainthood.




JPII-Beatification-25, 26, 27, 28:
An aerial view is seen of St. Peter's square in Vatican May 1, 2011. Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successorbeatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-29:
A woman stands between two banners with images of the late Pope John Paul II during an open-air Mass commemorating his beatification, in Granada, Nicaragua,Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-30:
Catholics faithful reach out to touch a piece of tunic that is believed to have belonged to the the late Pope John Paul II during an open-air Mass commeratinghis beatification, in Granada, Nicaragua, Sunday May 1, 2011. Catholics worldwide celebrated the beatification of Polish-born Karol Wojtyla on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-31:

A pigeon flies past the tapestry of John Paul II displayed on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVIbeatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.


JPII-Beatification-32:
Pope Benedict XVI kisses the glass reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II during his beatification mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times.
The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.



JPII-Beatification-33:
Faithful crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithfulin St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-34:
In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John PaulII before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.



JPII-Beatification-35:
Pope Benedict XVI drives past a picture of late John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified PopeJohn Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-36:
Swiss guards stand in front of a giant tapestry of late Pope John Paul II displayed on the facade of St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1,2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.


JPII-Beatification-37:
In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter's Square and Via della Conciliazione at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope BenedictXVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.



JPII-Beatification-38:
In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter's Square and the surrounding area at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope BenedictXVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.



JPII-Beatification-39:
In this photo released by Italian Police faithful crowd St. Peter's Square and Via della Conciliazione at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope BenedictXVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.



JPII-Beatification-40:
A flag with a picture of the late Pope John Paul II is held by pilgrims during his beatification mass at St. Peter's square in the Vatican May 1, 2011.Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-41:
A pilgrim carries a cross with the words "John Paul II blessed" during his beatification mass at St. Peter's square in the Vatican May 1,2011. Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-42:
Polish pilgrims hold flags as they take part in a beatification mass for the late Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's square in the Vatican May 1, 2011.Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-43:
A Polish pilgrim draped in the Polish flag takes part in a beatification mass for the late Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's square in the Vatican May1, 2011. Pope John Paul II moves a step closer to sainthood on Sunday when his successor beatifies him before an expected crowd of several thousand people.



JPII-Beatification-44, 45:
Faithful take pictures of the casket containing the remains of late Pope John Paul laid out in state inside St. Peter's Basilica the day the late pontiffwas beatified by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005.



JPII-Beatification-46:

Faithful pay their homage to the casket containing the remains of late Pope John Paul laid out in state inside St. Peter's Basilica the day the late pontiffwas beatified by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005.



JPII-Beatification-47:
Polish nun Tobiana, left, the nurse of late Pope John Paul II, and French nun Marie Simon-Pierre, whose unexplained healing was the miracle that qualifiedthe late pope for beatification display the casket containing his relics during his beatification ceremony.



JPII-Beatification-48:

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals arrive to pray in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession insideSt. Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.



JPII-Beatification-49:
Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals pray in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter'sBasilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.



JPII-Beatification-50:
Pope Benedict XVI, center, kneels in prayer in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St.Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.



JPII-Beatification-51:
Nuns walk past a giant banner depicting Pope John Paul II as they arrive for a ceremony in the West Bank town of Bethlehem May 1, 2011, celebrating thebeatification of the late pope. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a ceremony that drew about a million and half people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.



JPII-Beatification-52:
Cameroon's President Paul Biya (R) and his wife Chantal attend the mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at theVatican May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.



JPII-Beatification-53:
Faithful crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithfulin St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-54:

The tapestry of John Paul II is hangs from the facade of St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope JohnPaul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-55:
Faithful crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithfulin St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-56:

Faithful crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithfulin St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-57:
A girl watches in Pope John Paul II's hometown an open air viewing of the beatification ceremony of the late pope, in Wadowice, Poland, Sunday, May 1,2011.



JPII-Beatification-58:
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, right, with wife Malgorzata, left, attend in Pope John Paul II's hometown an open air viewing of the beatification ceremonyof the late pope, in Wadowice, Poland, Sunday, May 1, 2011.



JPII-Beatification-59:
People watch in Pope John Paul II's hometown, an open air viewing of the beatification ceremony of the late pope, in Wadowice, Poland, Sunday, May 1, 2011



JPII-Beatification-60, 61:
Polish Highlanders, carrying papal flags, ride horses on their way to the Sanctuary of Mother Mary to take part in beatification ceremonies for the latePope John Paul II in Krzeptowki, outside of Zakopane in Tatra Mountains May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.


JPII-Beatification-62:

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano (L) and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (C) attend the mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in SaintPeter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.



JPII-Beatification-63:
A partial view of the over one million faithful crowding St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets at the Vatican during the beatification of late PopeJohn Paul II, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor in the fastest beatification in modern times.



JPII-Beatification-64:

Two nuns kiss the casket of John Paul II inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul IIbefore more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-65:

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby as he arrives to celebrate a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanMay 1, 2011.



JPII-Beatification-66:
A view of Saint Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in at the Vatican May 1, 2011. Thewords written on the obelisk reads: "Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands. May He defend His people from all evil.



II-Beatification-67:
Some one million people crowd St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets at the Vatican during the beatification of late Pope John Paul II, Sunday, May1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor in the fastest beatification in modern times.



JPII-Beatification-68:
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe (L) and Princess Letizia attend the mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at theVatican May 1, 2011.



JPII-Beatification-69:
Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (2nd R) as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi(R) watches after the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 1, 2011.The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.



JPII-Beatification-70:
Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (C) after the beatification of Pope John Paul II inside St. Peter's Basilicaat the Vatican May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago.

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, center, and his wifeAnna Dembowska during the beatification ceremony of late Pope John Paul II, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-71:
Palestinian Catholic worshipers march past a banner with a portrait of of late Pope John Paul II, during a ceremony to celebrate his Beatification, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets at the Vatican Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-72:
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, personal secretary of late Pope John Paul II, second from top, leaves after praying with other Cardinals in front ofthe casket of John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.



JPII-Beatification-73:
Pope Benedict XVI, center, kneels in prayer in front of the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St.Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. More than a million faithful are estimated to have attended the celebration at the Vatican and surrounding streets.



JPII-Beatification-74:

John Paul II in SaintPeter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2011.The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago. French nun Normand suffered from Parkinson's disease but her inexplicable cure has been attributed to John Paul's intercession with God to perform a miracle, thus providing the grounds for his beatification.



JPII-Beatification-75:
Faithful leave at the end of a solemn celebration led by Pope Benedict XVI where late Pope John Paul II, portrayed at right, was beatified in St. Peter'sSquare at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. He died April 2, 2005.



JPII-Beatification-76:
A young faithful wears a commemorative scarf with late Pope John Paul II after attending a solemn celebration led by Pope Benedict XVI where John PaulII was beatified in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. He died April 2, 2005.



JPII-Beatification-77:
Pope Benedict XVI (C) walks as he celebrates a mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2011.



JPII-Beatification-78:
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, two Vatican Swiss Guards stand by the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid outin state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.



JPII-Beatification-79:
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, right, and sister Tobiana give Pope Benedict XVI the glass reliquary containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II, in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. The Vatican has decreed that Sister Marie Simon-Pierre's inexplicable healing was the miracle needed to beatify John Paul, a process that will reach its culmination Sunday during a Mass in St. Peter's Square celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.



JPII-Beatification-80:
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI kneels in prayer in front of the casket of late Pope John PaulII, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.






.



.