Sunday, May 1, 2011

[Beatification of Pope John Paul II] The Prince and Princess of Asturias

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Talking with the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

They seemed to be having a very nice time together.

The crowd in Rome and in capitals around the world erupted in cheers, tears and applause as an enormous photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled over the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and a choir launched into hymn long associated with the Polish-born pope. Princess Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias attended with royal members from Europe.