Amidst the splendor of the Vatican and the solemness of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope John Paul II, or El Papa Juan Pablo as he is known throughout Latin America, was beatified by Pope Benedict and witnessed by an audience of millions this morning.
How Latin America is Celebrating:
In Bogota, Colombia in the district of Yomasa, is the parish of St. Athanasius which is also a Marian Sanctuary, the only one in Colombia dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa, patroness of Poland.
On the occasion of the beatification of Pope John Paul II and the liturgical feast of St. Athanasius, the Archbishop of Bogota, Archbishop Jesus Ruben Salazar Gomez, will preside over a solemn Mass in spiritual communion with Rome.
The people of Argentina will gather for prayer vigils promoted in the Argentinian dioceses in honor of the beatification. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, will celebrate with a Solemn Mass attended by the Polish community living in Argentina.
A number of initiatives across the nation will be held: lectures, photo exhibitions, film screenings on the 27 years of pontificate and the “Popemobile” used by Pope John Paul II during his two visits to the country in 1982 and 1987 will also be displayed.
In Bolivia, the people are recalling with affection the visit of John Paul II in May 1988, where many people took part, and above all a few pictures were taken that went around the world: a miner gave his helmet to the Pope, who wore it, and the two embraced each other for a long time, moreover an aymara woman showed John Paul II an empty pot, a symbol of the serious economic and social crisis the region was going through in that period.
On May 2, in the square where John Paul II in 1988 met the people of Oruro, Bolivia a Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated for the beatification