Pope to beatify Pope John Paul II on 1 May

Foreign websites are publishing the official decree from the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints about the beatification of Venerable Pope John Paul II. Read the full text here, courtesy of the Catholic Herald.

I’ll be whipping up a Dutch translation, to be published later this afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled.

The beatification will take place in Rome on the 1 May, Divine Mercy Sunday, and Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the Mass himself, only the second time he has done. The first time was the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman last year.

EDIT: It took a bit longer than expected, but here is the Dutch translation of the decree.

2011 Blogger’s Choice Awards

I just cast my votes for the 2011 Blogger’s Choice Award for best religion blog. Go forth and do the same via this link. You need to create an account, but that’s a matter of seconds. Need inspiration for who to vote for? Take a look in my blogroll to the left. Plenty of good Catholic bloggitry to choose from. And you can also nominate your own choices.

My scribblings are also nominated, for one reason or another, so if you are feeling generous…

Of course, there’s no real hope of beating Father Z, but still… a good Catholic presence in the top 10 is very feasible.