Founded by decree as a Sui Iuris Catholic Church by His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez. 

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Beatification of Pope John Paul II,
1 May 2011, St Peters, Rome by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Patriarch of the West of the Roman Catholic Church.  

We are pleased to announce that also a small conclave of Catholic bishops from the Catholic Church of England & Wales was invited & attended the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pope John Paul II on the 1st May 2011.

The photograph is Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake with Bishop Michael Boughey seated at the beatification Mass.

We are pleased to announce that also a small conclave of Catholic bishops from the CCEW was invited & attended the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pope John Paul II on the 1st May 2011.

We are pleased to announce that also a small conclave of Catholic bishops from the CCEW was invited & attended the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pope John Paul II on the 1st May 2011.

CCEW.  Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake with fellow Roman Catholic Bishops at the beatification Mass on looking at the thousands of faithful after been cleared through heavy security & secret service at the Vatican and participating in the Mass at St Peter's Basilica, Rome.

Service at the Vatican and participating in the Mass.

The beatification mass was so inspiring both from a spiritual and embracing point of view. There were over 1.5 million faithful souls present to witness and be a part of the beatification of a well loved and admired and respected Holy Father. The presence was to see once gain one of the longest reigning Holy Fathers and to see the present Holy Father our beloved and loved His Holiness filling St. Peter's Square and its surrounding streets, and for those watching around the world the beatification was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the pope was almost universally beloved. Pope Benedict XVI Saint-making process isn't a judgment of how John Paul administered the church but rather whether he lived a life of Christian virtue. Beatification is the last milestone before a candidate is declared a saint. Pope John Paul II needs another miracle attributed to his intercession before he can be canonized. Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, wearing a black lace mantilla, mingled with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. Poland's historic solidarity leader and former President Lech Walesa and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who sidestepped a European Union travel ban to attend. A total of 87 international delegations, attended the ceremony, including 22 world leaders. Five European royal families were represented. The British Royal Family was represented by the Duke of Gloucester. The ceremony was also attended by Jewish leaders. Israel was represented by minister without portfolio Yossi Peled. After nearly a three-hour Mass, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI prayed before Pope John Paul II coffin, which had a copy of the Lorsch Gospels placed on it, an illuminated medieval book of the Gospels that is one of the most precious in the Vatican's collection. During the Mass, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received a silver reliquary holding a vial of blood taken from John Paul during his final hospitalization. The relic, a key feature of beatification ceremonies, will be available for the faithful to venerate. It was presented to him by Sister Tobiana, the Polish nun who tended to Pope John Paul II throughout his pontificate, and Sister Marie Simone-Pierre of France, whose inexplicable recovery from Parkinson's disease was decreed to be the miracle necessary for Pope John Paul II to be beatified.

Photograph opposite is Catholic Bishop Brian Dineley from Scotland & Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake concelebrating with at least 60 Roman Catholic Bishops at St Peters, Rome.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s, Patriarch of the West beatification homily on Sunday, 1 May 2011 :Dear Brothers and Sisters, Six years ago we gathered in this Square to celebrate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Our grief at his loss was deep, but even greater was our sense of an immense grace which embraced Rome and the whole world: a grace which was in some way the fruit of my beloved predecessor’s entire life, and especially of his witness in suffering. Even then we perceived the fragrance of his sanctity, and in any number of ways God’s People showed their veneration for him. For this reason, with all due respect for the Church’s canonical norms, I wanted his cause of beatification to move forward with reasonable haste. And now the longed-for day has come; it came quickly because this is what was pleasing to the Lord: John Paul II is blessed! I would like to offer a cordial greeting to all of you who on this happy occasion have come in such great numbers to Rome from all over the world – cardinals, patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches, brother bishops and priests, official delegations, ambassadors and civil authorities, consecrated men and women and lay faithful, and I extend that greeting to all those who join us by radio and television. Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, which Blessed John Paul II entitled Divine Mercy Sunday. The date was chosen for today’s celebration because, in God’s providence, my predecessor died on the vigil of this feast. Today is also the first day of May, Mary’s month, and the liturgical memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker. All these elements serve to enrich our prayer, they help us in our pilgrimage through time and space; but in heaven a very different celebration is taking place among the angels and saints! Even so, God is but one, and one too is Christ the Lord, who like a bridge joins earth to heaven. At this moment we feel closer than ever, sharing as it were in the liturgy of heaven. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (Jn 20:29). In today’s Gospel Jesus proclaims this beatitude: the beatitude of faith. For us, it is particularly striking because we are gathered to celebrate a beatification, but even more so because today the one proclaimed blessed is a Pope, a Successor of Peter, one who was called to confirm his brethren in the faith. John Paul II is blessed because of his faith, a strong, generous and apostolic faith.

Mary does not appear in the accounts of Christ’s resurrection, yet hers is, as it were, a continual, hidden presence: she is the Mother to whom Jesus entrusted each of his disciples and the entire community. In particular we can see how Saint John and Saint Luke record the powerful, maternal presence of Mary in the passages preceding those read in today’s Gospel and first reading. In the account of Jesus’ death, Mary appears at the foot of the cross (Jn 19:25), and at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles she is seen in the midst of the disciples gathered in prayer in the Upper Room (Acts 1:14). Today’s second reading also speaks to us of faith. Saint Peter himself, filled with spiritual enthusiasm, points out to the newly-baptized the reason for their hope and their joy. I like to think how in this passage, at the beginning of his First Letter, Peter does not use language of exhortation; instead, he states a fact. He writes: “you rejoice”, and he adds: “you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet 1:6, 8-9). All these verbs are in the indicative, because a new reality has come about in Christ’s resurrection, a reality to which faith opens the door. “This is the Lord’s doing”, says the Psalm (118:23), and “it is marvelous in our eyes”, the eyes of faith. Dear brothers and sisters, today our eyes behold, in the full spiritual light of the risen Christ, the beloved and revered figure of John Paul II. Today his name is added to the host of those whom he proclaimed saints and blessed during the almost twenty-seven years of his pontificate, thereby forcefully emphasizing the universal vocation to the heights of the Christian life, to holiness, taught by the conciliar Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium.All of us, as members of the people of God – bishops, priests, deacons, laity, men and women religious – are making our pilgrim way to the heavenly homeland where the Virgin Mary has preceded us, associated as she was in a unique and perfect way to the mystery of Christ and the Church. Karol Wojtyla took part in the Second Vatican Council, first as an auxiliary Bishop and then as Archbishop of Kraków.

He was fully aware that the Council’s decision to devote the last chapter of its Constitution on the Church to Mary meant that the Mother of the Redeemer is held up as an image and model of holiness for every Christian and for the entire Church.
This was the theological vision which Blessed John Paul II discovered as a young man and subsequently maintained and deepened throughout his life. A vision which is expressed in the scriptural image of the crucified Christ with Mary, his Mother, at his side. This icon from the Gospel of John (19:25-27) was taken up in the episcopal and later the papal coat-of-arms of Karol Wojtyla: a golden cross with the letter “M” on the lower right and the motto “Totus tuus”, drawn from the well-known words of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in which Karol Wojtyla found a guiding light for his life: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum,
Maria – I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart” (Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 266)..... On Monday 2nd May 2011 followed by a short brief meeting days after with Vatican officials followed by con celebrating Mass in St Peters with His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification in St Peter’s Square followed by His Eminence Cardinal Dziwisz who addressed his fellow Polish countrymen. “In a symbolic way all of Poland is united here,” he says. The Mass was attended by fellow Roman Catholic bishops in numbers of 60 who all con celebrated Mass together including ourselves.
Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus & Stan Hollaardt (Gregorian Chant)