Roman Catholic nuns watch the canonization ceremony of Italian mystic monk Padre Pio, from their window, at the Vatican Sunday, June 16, 2002. Some 300,000 people, according to a police estimate, crowded the area around the Vatican when Pope John Paul II declared Padre Pio a saint. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Colored balloons are released Sunday, June 16, 2002 over a crowd of pilgrims gathered outside the San Giovanni Rotondo Basilica, near Foggia, southern Italy, where Italian mystic monk Padre Pio died in 1968. Pope John Paul II elevated Padre Pio to sainthood Sunday, during a solemn open-air ceremony at the Vatican Sunday. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Maizzi)
Thanks for the post! It's the next best thing to being there!;-) Love the pictures.
My Nonna went to one of Padre Pio's Masses before he died. She took a picture and it was put in a very safe place. We're still looking for it..................
I watched a small part of the canonization ceremony and was wondering how many saints would be invoked to pray for us. The requests were presented by, I guess, a countertenor, a relatively high pitched saintly voice. It was wonderful to return to Middle Ages courtesy of the ETWN, for a few brief moments. Certainly better than to watch Muslims getting ready for Jihad (jihad, according to Harvard, is just a personal fullfilment). Nostalgia over centuries. Our roots? Perhaps. Relevance? Missing, I am afraid.
posted on 06/16/2002 1:57:28 PM PDT
Thanks, BunnySlippers for posting this. Catholic bump.
For some reason these pictures arent emitting anti-freedom or hateful words during this celebration like those i Mecca....what a difference Jesus makes, eh?
posted on 06/17/2002 10:40:29 AM PDT
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