Frank Zammit on the Beatification of John Paul II

Frank Zammit on the Beatification of John Paul II
Mr and Cardinal Amato
Frank Zammit has obtained a remarkable series of interviews with top Vatican officials concerning the papacy of Blessed and the process of and canonization. He recently published a book in
Maltese entitled Gwanni Pawlu II: It-Triq tal-Qdusija which means John Paul II:
The Path to Sainthood
. The book launch will be organised under the patronage of
the President of the Republic of Malta. Mr. Zammit will take nothing from the proceeds
of the sale of the books and he has assigned all profits to the Malta Community Chest Fund which
is a foundation presided over by the President of the Republic of Malta. It helps
children suffering from cancer and other serious ilnesses. For the book launch
even the Prime Minister will attend. An English version should be available next year near the canonization. We are privileged to post some of the extraordinary quotes he has recorded from those who knew Blessed John Paul II and who have been involved in the process to canonize him. Here is another installment.  

“The miracle as you know, was extraordinary because this nun was, this French nun was ill, the doctors had said so and not just her own doctor but also some specialists. She had Parkinson’s disease for the last five years and was being treated according to diagnosis with medicines which did not eliminate the pain but only relieved it and which did not cure the disease but only controlled it to slow down its course. This nun was a nurse and therefore was competent in this reality, this kid of illness. On the 2nd of June 2005 this nun could bear it no longer. She could not keep on working. Marie Pierre could no longer serve in her profession as a nurse and told her superior that she could no longer work. Her Superior told her to keep on working and to pray for the intercession of the Pope who had just died in 2005. “Let us pray….Let us pray to him who also used to suffer from Parkinson’s and hope that he will rid her of this disease.” He had died just two months before…. They prayed and the next day Sr. Marie Pierre woke up free of pain, without restrictions, there was no sign left…she felt freed…so what did she do?….She went to specialists, to her own doctor et etc.. who all confirmed a diagnosis of complete cure. That’s all.”  H.E. Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B. – Prefect Congregation Causes of Saints

 The beatification of Karol Wojtyla better known as Pope John Paul II ‘The Great’ was a sign of the depth of his faith and an invitation to the faithful to live a totally Christian life.
Cardinal Martins and Mr Zammit
Cardinal Jose’ Saraiva Martins describes how the beatification process evolved in its first two years”Yes… very gladly, I also had the privilege to be the one to start this process of beatification immediately after the Pope had dispensed with the five year requirement after death in order to initiate a process of beatification. The Pope made his dispensation on the 3rd of May 2005 and after, on the 9th of May, I as the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, signed the official decree to immediately initiate the local diocesan phase of the process of beatification that is to say in Rome and in Cracow My decree was the first official announcement, so much so that that on the 13th of May the Pope had announced to the Roman clergy in a meeting with them about the beatification of John Paul II. How had he announced it? He read my decree.. The Pope was with Cardinal Ruini but Pope Benedict XVI announced it by reading my decree.. where I had said that the cause should start at once….So this was wonderful news…Afterwards, under my guidance the whole local diocesan phase was developed over about two years. Between 2005 and 2007.. It ended when I was still prefect and therefore I had signed another decree…I had approved all the research done in those two years.. So for me it certainly was a grace, a privilege, from the official beginning of the process accompanying also in the fundamental diocesan process”. H.E. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. Prefect-Emeritus Congregation Causes of Saints
“Saints are those people who are most human. Humanity above all…saintliness is the fulfilment of humanity. Saints are those who live their humanity profoundly…We say for example that Jesus was the perfect human…a saint….why? Because he was saintliness itself…So these gifts were clearly in evidence in John Paul II who had an extraordinary humanity arising from his sanctity which brought him very close to mankind..I never tire of saying that sanctity is the fulfilment of humanity.” H.E. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. Prefect-Emeritus Congregation Causes of Saints
I spoke about this with Monsignor Dr Charles Scicluna, Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “I was greatly impressed both by the world’s reaction to the death of Pope John Paul II, there was a unanimous chorus from every culture and every sort of religion of every background and every call of life who said the same thing “this was a special man” . In the faith we call them heroes of the faith, saints, but why? It was as though the world acknowledged in John Paul II the true image of the Good Shepherd, who when he needed to speak to us less than softly, was strong, he was not afraid to tell us…” Rev Mons Charles J. Scicluna, Promoter of Justice, CDF
CArdinal Ruini
His Eminence the Lord Cardinal Camillo Ruini, continues the commentary:
“A joyful memory, of joy for two reasons..It was the first meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman clergy but it was also the day I learnt that the new pope was going to announce a dispensation from the five year interval between the death the beginning of a process of beatification and canonization. And so that call which everybody remembers was: “Santo Subito” (A saint at once) was answered. It had been made by the crowd on the night when the Pope had died, when KarolWojtyla died. It was answered and channelled in to the Church procedures which should properly be strict in ascertaining the candidate who must pass through the process of beatification and canonization.  H.E. Cardinal Camillo Ruini – Vicar-General for the Diocese of Rome
Monsignor Alfred Xuereb
This is what Monsignor Alfred Xuereb had to say: “First of all I am struck (by the fact) that when I visit Malta, there are people who tell me to pray for a special grace in their name when I visit the Pope’s grave, They would love to have at least a day in Rome just to visit his grave and pray over it for this grace. Several people have told me afterwards that they did receive the grace. I remember two couples whose marriages I had celebrated and which both had difficulties in having children. One of the women had been to the doctor with her husband and had been told that she had a 1% chance of having a child. Her sister had lost a child just a few weeks into the pregnancy and I think that was for a second time. They both spoke to me of their great difficulties because I had celebrated both their weddings. I had encouraged them to come to Rome where I said Mass for them near his grave and then we went and prayed over his grave… In fact, a few weeks later both were expecting a child. The one with 1% chance delivered a healthy boy with no difficulty and the other one also took her pregnancy to term and had a baby boy. They now have a son each. A wonderful experience which I have been able to tell the present Pope who has a great love for John Paul II.
The Rev. Mons. Alfred Xuereb – Prelato di AntiCamera of the Blessed John Paul II
Cardinal Angelo Amato explains where the process had reached when he was nominated to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
“At that point the process was well advanced, the position was being prepared. Perhaps I had better explain what the position is. The position is the collation of three volumes which together describe the life and evidence of heroism of virtue of the person in question, in this case the Pope, Servant of God John Paul II. So, it is a sort of summary of the Pope’s virtues. So we had come to that point…..I must explain that in this case there were two facilitations. The first facilitation was a derogation granted by Pope Benedict XVI from the five year waiting interval such that this process could and did start immediately. This was the first facilitation. The second, following from the first, was that this process was granted the fast lane. There was practically nothing in front of it and nothing behind. It did not have to wait… it was properly fast-tracked….so every time one phase ended the next one began immediately. the phases were as follows: on the 19th of December 2005 the decree on heroism of virtue was made then the miracle was examined by doctors and theologians for well over a year and as you well know, at the beginning of this year precisely on the 14th of January 2011 a decree was made about the miracle which permitted progress to beatification on 1st May 2011. So these were the phases. I repeat that the speed of the phases was thanks to the two facilitations abovementioned. It also depended on the Postulants filing the evidence in good time. However it was of paramount importance that this process was not granted any discount, that is we did not act superficially but with a high level of professionality also because we were dealing with such a great figure and with procedural correctness since were were dealing with such a great figure and we did not want to miss out any required step..H.E. Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B. – Prefect Congregation Causes of Saints
 In the first part of the documentary Santo Subito I had  on the day explained the process whereby the earthly remains of John Paul II had to be removed from the Vatican crypt to this altar which until a few months before had contained the  earthly remains of Pope Innocent XI. As you can see this process was completed on the day that Pope John Paul II was beatified, Sunday 1st May 2011
Monsignor Oder
I conclude  with the final comments of the Postulant Monsignor Slawomir Oder about the book on Pope John Paul II he published entitled ‘Why He is a Saint’.
“For me this book was like sharing a spiritual adventure, yes it was a notebook of a spiritual journey which served me well and therefore I did not wish to keep to myself the spiritual wealth which was made up of a particular perspective of the vision of the figure and the postulant. What one can certainly read in the book are simply three aspects of his life: the man, the Pope, the Mystic. I think that each of these three distinct aspects of the life of John Paul II provide a number of little known elements about the figure of John Paul II. It was a pleasure for me to describe his spiritual depth, the mystic aspect of his life, because he was a man in love with Christ and all his life was nothing more than being taken up by Christ to be given to his brethren.” The Reverend Monsignor Slawomir  Oder, Postulator for the Beatification and Canonisation Process of Pope John Paul II


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