October 22nd: Last celebration of John Paul II, as a Blessed
October 21, 2013. (Romereports.com) Millions of people from all over the world followed this very moment: Benedict XVI declaring John Paul II as a Blessed of the Catholic Church.
May 1st, 2011
“We concede that the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope, from this hour can be called Blessed. And that it is possible to celebrate his feast in places and according to norms established by law, each year on the 22nd of October.”
At the end of September, Pope Francis announced that John Paul II will be canonized on April 27th. The miracle that gave way to his canonization took place in Costa Rica, the same day he was beatified. Since his beatification, a celebration is held every October 22nd to mark his life and his deeds.
The date coincides with the inaugural Mass at the very start of his pontificate. This October will be the last time John Paul II is celebrated as a Blessed, since by that time next year, he will be a Saint of the Catholic Church.