Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops On Announcement that Pope John Paul II will be Beatified

smaller text tool iconmedium text tool iconlarger text tool icon

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomes the announcement today by the Holy Father that Pope John Paul II will be beatified later this year on May 1.

Pope John Paul II left a major mark on the Church and on the world. His vision and energy were a continuation of the Second Vatican Council. His Encyclicals and other writings are a lasting source of inspiration and teaching. The impact of his magnetic personality remains at the centre of many happy memories. He continues to attract world-wide attention, not only in the number of pilgrims who visit his tomb each year, but in international celebrations such as World Youth Day which he founded 26 years ago.

With his upcoming beatification, Pope John Paul II remains a sign and instrument of God’s Providence, and a contemporary example of how Our Lord raises up shepherds and leaders for his flock.

Last Updated on Monday, January 17 2011  
2015 synod button
DP Syria September 2015-EN
Cover A Church Seeking Justice
DP ClimateChange 166x310EN
euthanasia en
Life EN 2014
182-333 banner


The colours of the web site represent the official heraldic insignia of Bishops. The green corresponds to the galero (ecclesiastical hat) and six tassels on each side that make up the crest and supporters of the coat of arms of each Bishop while the gold represents the processional cross. More info...