More than 1 million pilgrims participated in the most crowded beatification in history yesterday in Rome, and what a wonderful day it was. The sun shone in Rome and in Drogheda, and we are still smiling.
The chasuble and the miter that were worn by Pope Benedict XVI were made during the pontificate of John Paul II and were often used by him. The chalice that was used in the Mass was the one John Paul II regularly used during the last years of his pontificate. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims lined up to pray for a few moments before the casket of John Paul II. According to the Vatican, St. Peter's basilica remained open all night to accomodate the pilgrims.
We will have our own celebration in Drogheda this evening. A Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II will be celebrated in St Mary's Church, James' Street, Drogheda at 7.30pm.