Three Days of Events Will Lead to the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
POSTED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 1:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 2:53pm
VATICAN CITY— Nearly half a million people are expected to trickle into Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Vatican officials also warned on Tuesday in a news conference to beware of people attempting to sell tickets to the ceremony. No tickets will be necessary to attend.
The event, will more than 300,000 people are expected to attend, will be the largest in Rome since Pope John Paul II's death in 2005.
The three day event will start on April 30 with the start of a massive prayer vigil.
John Paul's wooden coffin will be exhumed. After the beatification mass in St. Peter's Square on May 1, the coffin will be covered with a white drape and placed before the main altar in St. Peter's Basilica for viewing.
The French nun who said she was miraculously cured of Parkinson's Disease months after John Paul's death will be in attendance during the events. The 49-year-old's cure is being credited as the miracle required by the Vatican for Beatification.