VATICAN CITY, 18 FEB 2011 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office released the
following communique at midday today.
“The beatification of Servant of God Pope John Paul II will be a major
ecclesial event divided into the following five stages:
“A preparatory vigil organised by the diocese of Rome will take place at
the Circus Maximus on the evening of Saturday 30 April (preparation from
8.30 to 9 p.m., vigil from 9 to 10.30 p.m.), organised by the diocese of
Rome which had the Venerable Servant of God as its bishop. The vigil will be
led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, His Holiness’ vicar general for the
diocese of Rome, while the Holy Father Benedict XVI will be spiritually
present through video linkup.
“The beatification ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday 1 May in St.
Peter’s Square, presided by the Holy Father. Participation in the event does
not require a ticket, although access to the Square and surrounding areas
will be regulated by the police.
“The veneration of the remains of the new blessed will be possible for all
faithful, beginning immediately after the beatification ceremony on Sunday 1
May. The remains of the new blessed will remain exposed for veneration in
front of the Altar of the Confession in the Vatican Basilica for as long as
the faithful continue to arrive.
“A Mass of thanksgiving is scheduled to take place in St. Peter’s Square
at 10.30 a.m. on Monday 2 May, presided by Cardinal Secretary of State
Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B.
“The interment of the remains of the new blessed in the Chapel of St.
Sebastian in the Vatican Basilica will take place privately”.
Update from Zenit.org. 19/2/11.
Vatican: Don’t Pay to See John Paul II’s Beatification
Assures Pilgrims That No Tickets Are Required
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2011 (Zenit.org).- If you’re worried about getting tickets to Pope John Paul II’s beatification Mass, you can relax.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household issued a statement today assuring pilgrims who are planning to attend the May 1 liturgy that no tickets will be required for the event.
The communique was issued in response to “the existence of unauthorised offers by some Tour Operators, especially on Internet, of assistance in procuring tickets, with a service charge, for General Audiences and Papal ceremonies, particularly for the Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II,” the prefecture explained.
The statement, which was issued in 7 languages — Italian, French, Polish, German, English, Spanish and Portuguese — also noted that “all tickets provided by the Prefecture of the Papal Household for general audiences and papal ceremonies are always issued free of charge and no person or organization can request any kind of payment.”
As reported Thursday by ZENIT’s Rome Notes columnist, Edward Pentin, tickets to papal audiences can be obtained by sending a request via fax to Archbishop James M. Harvey, the American prefect of the Papal Household (+39 06.69.88.58.63).
The request must include the names of the attendants, the date of the audience or ceremony, and the number of tickets required. Newlyweds should state clearly that they have been recently married, as they are eligible to receive tickets for the “Sposi Novelli” section.
It is best to send the request as early as possible. Tickets may be sent by fax, post, or can be picked up a day or two before at the “Bronze Door entrance” to the Vatican.