It seems that the beatification of Pope John Paul II is close. According to this report by the Rome Reports news agency (see below), the miracle submitted for consideration is advancing. It seems to have been approved by the doctors and theologians on the Congregation of the Causes of Saints committee, and is now set to come before the Congregation proper, and then the Holy Father. There is talk that he may be beatified in either May or October of this year. We continue to pray for it.
Some have said to me that the way he handled the Fr Macial case may have put a spanner in the works, and that might not be ruled out. Pope Benedict may hold off signing the Decree of the Miracle until after an investigation has taken place, just as he did in the case of the Venerable Pius XII. We will have to wait and see.
Pope John Paul II's beatification will be important for the Fraternity because it was in response to his call for a New Evangelisation and the renewal of culture, and his own example as an actor and writer, which inspired the foundation of our family of prayer. On his beatification we may indeed look upon him as one of the saints of the Fraternity of St Genesius. And, of course, on his beatification, we will celebrate, perhaps, God willing, even in Rome. Start saving!