| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

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

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