Pope John Paul II‘s coffin will be exhumed to allow faithfuls to pray before his coffin during his beatification, Reuters reports.
The Vatican said Pope John Paul II’s coffin will be exhumed from its current resting place, under Saint Peter’s Basilica. The closed coffin will be moved upstairs before the main altar for viewing and veneration.
Pope Benedict XVI set May 1, 2011 as the date of Pope John Paul II’s beatification— a key step for the late pope’s sainthood.
After death, one miracle is needed for a person to be beatified. Pope John Paul II was credited for healing a French nun, Sister Simon-Pierre, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The nun was cured when she prayed to him after he died in 2005.
Millions of people are expected to attend the beatification mass for Pope John Paul II. The Vatican warned the public to avoid scammers selling tickets. The outdoor service is free, no tickets are required.
Pope John Paul II will be given the title “Blessed” after he is beatified.
A second miracle is needed to declare Pope John Paul II a saint.
The body of John Paul II was exhumed on April 29, 2011 Video