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The Pope will then meet with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jeung of Seoul, South Korea.

He will also meet with the Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium-Luxemburg; Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, and Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia.

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Several current soccer stars, such as Buffon, Mascherano and Del Piero participated, as well as soccer legends Maradona, Zamorano and Zanetti. 
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Thanksgiving Mass for St. John Paul II celebrated in St. Peter's Square

2014-04-28

After witnessing the canonization of John Paul II, Cardinal Stanisaw Dziwisz greeted pilgrims at the start of the thanksgiving Mass. He gave thanks not only for St. John Paul II, but also St. John XXIII.

 

 

 

 

CARD. STANISAW DZIWISZ
Archbishop of Krakow (Poland)

"In their love and their service, the promise from God, made centuries ago and transcribed by the Prophet Jeremiah, came true: 'I will give you pastors according to my heart.'”



Only a relatively small fraction of the visitors, mostly from Poland, attended the Mass at St. Peter's Square, but the impact was international.



CARD. STANISAW DZIWISZ
Archbishop of Krakow (Poland)

"In his heart, he found place for all nations, cultures and languages.”


 


The archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, gave the homily. He talked about John Paul II's staunch defense of the family and the Catholic faith, but above all is his appeal.

 

 

 

 

CARD. ANGELO COMASTRI
Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica

"Our eyes, wet with tears, looked on with astonishment, they remember him, stared at the Gospel placed over a simple oak casket, at the center of the altar. We all asked ourselves: 'Who is this man, and why did we love him so much?”




The thanksgiving Mass is a traditional part of the canonization process, which, as the name indicates, is performed to give thanks. The bishop of Bergamo, St. John XXIII's home diocese, celebrated his thanksgiving Mass at Rome's San Carlo al Corso Church.

 

 

 

 


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