Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on the beatification of Pope John Paul II

January 14, 2011

Cardinal Donald Wuerl spoke with the media at the Cathedral of St. Matthew on January 14, 2011. He noted:

“This is so exciting because Pope John Paul II’s vision of human solidarity and human dignity that flows from our relationship with God caught the attention of the world.”

“He is being beatified because he is holy. That’s what people recognize about him, that he is a man of God. The church talks about heroic virtue when it beatifies someone and he manifested that.”

“Though we know him to have been a holy man, the Church demands proof to beatify someone. That is a cure that can not be explained by medical or other means.”

“We are seeing Pope John Paul II’s impact on young adults today. Here in the Archdiocese of Washington, we are opening a seminary because so many young men want to explore the path Pope John Paul II showed them.”

“He greatly impacted the world with his message that each of us is capable of a relationship with God.”

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