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Archbishop says John Paul II canonisation could happen this year

Archbishop Edward Nowak, the secretary for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has told an Italian newspaper that Pope John Paul II could be named a saint as early as October.

He said in an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera that six months could be enough time to attribute the required two miracles to John Paul II.

Catholic News Agency says that despite reports of miracles carried out by John Paul II during his lifetime, only those occurring after his death would count toward his sainthood.

The Polish-born archbishop said the next Pope could choose to bypass the usual lengthy procedure, which dictates that the process for beatification begin only five years after a person's death. Pope John Paul II himself waived the five-year rule for Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose canonization process began only a year and a half after her death.

Since the Pope's death earlier this month, there has been great enthusiasm among the faithful for his speedy canonisation.

Rome's city council is also preparing to honour the late Pope by renaming the main railway station (Termini) after him. The announcement was made by the city's mayor, Walter Veltroni, after the Pope's funeral last week. The area on the outskirts of Rome, called Tor Vergata, will also be named after John Paul II, the mayor announced. The late pontiff had welcomed two million young people there for World Youth Day 2000.

Meanwhile former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law yesterday celebrated the third Mass of the "Novendiale" for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal Law, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, recalled the late Pontiff's ties with the four patriarchal basilicas.

He is most remembered for being forced to resign from his position as Archbishop of Boston, in disgrace, because he shielded from the law priests later convicted of the sex abuse of minors. Catholic News Agency says a "lone protester" was yesterday escorted off St Peter's Square.

Associated Press reports that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Law himself through an aide, declined to comment on his participation in the Mass. While the protest was quiet, his participated attracted a flood of outrage prior to the event.

The Zenit news service has published figures on Friday's funeral supplied by Rome city council, which reveal that, in two millennia of Christianity, Rome had not received as many pilgrims as it did for John Paul II's funeral.

The figures show that three million pilgrims came to Rome to farewell the Pope. Some 250,000 were able to participate in the funeral rites on Friday in St. Peter's Square and in the Via della Conciliazione.

About 1.4 million faithful rendered homage to John Paul II's mortal remains in St. Peter's Basilica, and 10,000 volunteers of the Civil Protection, the municipality of Rome, the Boy Scouts, and other organisations assisted, and 8963 members of the security forces helped maintain public order.

Meanwhile the apostolic nuncio in the Arabian Peninsula described the media coverage of John Paul II's death, in both Arabic and English, as "amazing and beautiful".

Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea, nuncio to Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain and Qatar, and apostolic delegate in the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates), told Zenit that the newspaper headlines were moving: "We Are All Orphans."

"The newspapers dedicated the front page, many inside pages and photographs to the Pope," he said. He added that his office received the condolences of the authorities, as well as notes from many diplomats.

Central station, square to be named after Pope John Paul (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
John Paul II could become saint soon, says archbishop (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
Cardinal Law recalls Pope's link with Roman basilicas (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
Disgraced Law Celebrates Mass for Pope (Associated Press/Yahoo 11/4/05)
3 Million Came to Rome to Say Goodbye (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)
In Arab Newspapers, "Amazing" Coverage (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)

Internet age pope nets condolences (The Australian 12/4/05)
Pope's crypt to reopen (Agence France-Presse/ABC 11/4/05)
Pope, example of humility to Iraqi Christians ( 11/4/05)
Caritas at the Holy Father's Funeral Mass (Caritas Internationalis 8/4/05)
Cardinals to pray at pope's tomb before it opens to public (Catholic News Service 11/4/05)
Pope John Paul II was preparing encyclical on charity and globalization (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
Cardinal Ruini: Pope was a 'brother and father to everyone' (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
Cubans honor John Paul II with photo exhibit (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
'Antichrist' No More: Evangelicals Praise Pope (Christianity Today 5/4/05)
Shades of Another World Youth Day (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)
Pilgrims Must Still Wait to Visit Pope's Tomb (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)
Disgraced Cardinal Says Memorial Mass for Pope (Reuters 11/4/05)
Activists to protest against disgraced cardinal (Agence France-Presse/The Age 11/4/05)

Canonisation calls
'Miracles' lift Pope's beatification campaign (Reuters/ABC 11/4/05)
John Paul II could become saint within months (Agence France-Presse/ABC 11/4/05)
John Paul II on fast track for canonization? (Catholic World News 11/4/05)
Pope John Paul lauded as symbol of universal Church (Catholic World News 11/4/05)
Pope's private secretary saw "miracle": report (Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times 11/4/05)
Saint plea as Pope credited with tumour cure miracle (Irish Independent 11/4/05)
Cardinal Marchisano Says Pope Healed Him (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)
"Sainthood Now" for John Paul II Would Be Up to a Successor (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)

Spyware threatens to pierce Vatican walls (Associated Press/Seattle Post-Intelligencier 11/4/05)
Conclave Showdown Could Brew in Vatican (Associated Press/Yahoo 11/4/05)
Who is worthy? Cardinals look for pope who will 'be himself' (Catholic News Service 10/4/05)
Cardinals solidify plans for conclave, announce that faithful may visit papal grave this week (Catholic News Agency 11/4/05)
Vatican releases video of closed world cardinals will live in during conclave (Associated Press/CBC 11/4/05)
The Forum: A caution: Question all rumors about the conclave (Catholic World News 11/4/05)
Wired Vatican? Can the digital security hold? ( 9/4/05)
Pope: cardinals await the conclave (Missionary Service News Agency 11/4/05)
Cardinals pick platform first, then candidate (Presbyterian News Service/Beliefnet 5/4/05)
Cardinals Begin Countdown to Conclave (Reuters 11/4/05)
Cardinals to Prepare for Conclave in Silence (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)
2 to Skip Conclave Due to Illness (Zenit 10/4/05 - temporary url)

Editorial: Major themes of his teaching and pastoral action (Mission and Spirituality News, April 2005)
Piers Akerman: Even in death he gave life to faith (Daily Telegraph 12/4/05)
Katie Grant: We must hold fire over calls for canonisation (The Scotsman 11/4/05)
David Aaronovitch: A papal morality tale for a moral age (The Observer 10/4/05)
Conrad Gershevitch: Pope John Paul II - a natural leader (On Line Opinion 11/4/05)
Whoever next pope is, hopefully he will realize secret to John Paul's 'charisma' (Spirit Daily)
The Reverent and the Rude (The Revealer 7/4/05)
Peter Manseau: The Last Papal Picture Show (Killing the Buddha)

A small, sturdy band of 'John Paul priests' (Christian Science Monitor 8/4/05)

12 Apr 2005