US bishops launch John Paul II memorial website

.- In honor of the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II, the U.S. bishops' conference launched a new website featuring a 17-minute video with footage from the late pontiff's life.

“Pope John Paul II touched the lives of many people across the globe, in particular Americans during his seven visits to the United States,” said conference spokeswoman Helen Osman on April 12.

“The bishops’ conference created the web site to assist people in realizing the magnitude of his work, and the video to illustrate his remarkable relationship with the American people.”

The “John Paul II Memorial Video” shows clips of his most touching moments captured on camera as well as key messages during his visits to the United States.

Other site content includes a biography and a timeline of Pope John Paul as well as many of his major writings. The site also holds several essays by U.S. bishops' conference experts also explore the Polish pontiff’s influence and legacy in areas from East-West relations, the social mission of the Church, his interaction with mass media and ethical uses of technology.

The launch comes as global excitement continues to build over John Paul II's upcoming beatification in Rome.

The celebrations – which are expected to draw over 300,000 people – will run from April 30-May 2, with the beatification itself taking place on May 1. For most events, the Vatican said, no tickets will be required and all will be welcomed.

The website can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/popejohnpaulii/

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