VATICAN CITY, APRIL 11, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Pope John Paul II's liturgical memorial will be observed every Oct. 22 in Rome and Poland, according to a decree issued today by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
The decree, which acknowledged the "exceptional character" of the Pontiff's beatification, regulates the public liturgical observance, also known as the "cult," of the soon-to-be Blessed John Paul II. The Pontiff's beatification will take place May 1 in the Vatican.
The date for the thanksgiving Mass is to be selected by the diocesan bishop for his diocese, and by the general superior for religious congregations and orders, but it must take place before May 1, 2012.
An Oct. 22 liturgical memorial will be automatically inserted into the liturgical calendars of the Diocese of Rome and the dioceses of Poland, and other local churches and religious families may request permission to do the same.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
October 22 - JPII's Newly Announced Feast Day
Good news. Oct 22 is looking better than it ever has.