The globe-trotting Pope credited with contributing to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe is to be blessed in St Peter’s Square on Sunday 1 May, the BBC informs.
The ceremony is expected to attract the biggest crowd in Rome since John Paul II’s death, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI, six years ago. Four million pilgrims came on that occasion. Beatification, the final step before sainthood, arose as a way of authorising veneration to a candidate in the local area where she or he lived. It entitles the candidate to be called “Blessed”.