St. Peter’s Square, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
ST. PETER’S SQUARE: Pope John Paul died on April 2, 2005. At his funeral, the faithful chanted “Santo Subito” or “Sainthood immediately.” Pope Benedict then put his popular predecessor on the fast-track for sainthood by dispensing with the traditional five-year waiting period to start the process. In May, 2011, the former Pontiff moved another step toward sainthood when he was beatified in a St. Peter’s Basilica ceremony attended by a crowd estimated at 1.5 million people.
In St. Peter’s Square, a gigantic banner was hung in celebration of Pope John Paul’s beatification. It’s the largest photograph of him anywhere. This photo shows a group of Catholic pilgrims from Canada, walking through the square late at night.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography