E-mails to help beatify late Pope

The Vatican is urging Roman Catholics to contribute to the late Pope's beatification by sending e-mails about miracles performed after his death.

According to BBC News, the website for the Diocese of Rome will soon start publishing the readers' messages under several categories.

John Paul II, who died in April, encouraged the use of the internet.

Beatification is the first step to sainthood, for which the Vatican needs to establish proof of two miracles performed by the late pope.

Part of the website will be dedicated to the pontiff's life, writings and numerous trips around the world. Readers' emails will be grouped under categories such as "my meeting with John Paul II" or "blessings received".

In an unprecedented move, Pope Benedict XVI gave the green light to the beatification process just weeks after John Paul's death. Traditionally, five years should pass before the process can be started.

But during Pope John Paul's funeral, the crowd demanded that he be made saint quickly by chanting "santo subito" (sainthood now).

A polish priest, Slawomir Oder, is in charge of the case for John Paul II's beatification. He will be collecting and examining the material on behalf of the Diocese of Rome.

The beatification process will be formally launched on 28 June.

E-mails to help beatify late Pope (BBC News 21/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
John Paul II

Green light for John Paul miniseries (CathNews 20/6/05)
John Paul II's process of beatification to begin (CathNews 14/6/05)
Opening of formal cause for John Paul's beatification (CathNews 31/5/05)
Benedict speeds up process to beatify John Paul II (CathNews 15/5/05)
Archbishop says John Paul II canonisation could happen this year (CathNews 12/4/05)
Push for Saint John Paul II (CathNews 11/4/05)

22 Jun 2005