On Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the first anniversary of Blessed John Paul IIâs beatification in St. Peterâs Square on May 1, 2011.
At the conclusion of the May 2 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke in Polish to the more than 20,000 faithful gathered in St. Peterâs Square, many of whom had come on pilgrimage from the late pontiffâs native land of Poland.
He told them: âI am grateful to see so many of you in Rome for the first anniversary of the beatification of John Paul II.â
Pope John Paulâs âtestimony, teaching and love for country continue to belong to your particular heritage,â he said.
âStrengthened by his intercession, may you be faithful to God, to the Cross and to the Holy Gospel. I bless you with all my heart. Praised be Jesus Christ,â the Pope stated.
On May 1, 2011, more than one million people, including thousands from Poland, filled St. Peterâs Square and the surrounding avenues to take part in the beatification of John Paul II by Pope Benedict XVI.
The miraculous cure of Sister Marie Simon Pierre, a French nun suffering from Parkinsonâs Disease, paved the way for the late pontiffâs beatification. She was present at the beatification and joined in the presentation of the relic of John Paul II.