Kate and Wills’ wedding buzz got the best of you and you want to continue the information high throughout the weekend? It’s time to tag along to the Vatican and the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Rome is already filled with hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims, plus left over Spring Breakers and insane residents who seem to want to stay in the city for the largest May Day celebration the city has seen in decades, so why not peak in on Rome and see what happens when the most popular pope in history gets beatified.
Here’s how to have a beatification in the palm of your hand, or on the small screen:
- Vatican Webcam: a live (and soundless) stream of St. Peter’s Square from the colonnade and cupola. This will keep you live and up-to-date views on those camped out in the piazza, and at Sunday’s mass.
- Pope to You View: in spite of the almost self-deprecating name, Pope to You is ideal for iPhone and iPad users to keep up with the entire weekend’s program– live.
- Radio Vaticana: Vatican radio and television streams live. The tag line says “The voice of the Pope and The Church in dialogue with the rest of the world.” We say “All Pope, all the time.”
- EWTN Global Catholic Network: will be covering all the weekend’s events via televisiona and radio live broadcasts.
- Twitter: just like #royalwedding, Pope John Paul II has a hashtag or several including #beatification #johnpaulII #pjpii #pjp2. And the Vatican is tweeting in multi-language accounts @news_va_en (English), @news_va_it (Italian), @news_va_es (Spanish), @news_va_fr (french), @news_va_de (German) and @news_va_pt (Portuguese). In addition and aside from Nileguide’s own @NG_Rome (I’ll be bicycling through the crowds) follow @CatholicTravel, spy on contributor Mountain Butorac in Rome for the beatification.
Saturday, April 30 approximately 8pm (2pm EST) at the Circus Maximus
Open Air Vigil led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, His Holiness’ vicar general for the diocese of Rome, with Pope Benedict XVI spiritually present on video linkup.
Sunday, May 1 9am (3am EST) in St. Peter’s Square
Mass of the Beatification (begins at 10am- 4am EST) and will be officated by Pope Benedict XVI
Monday, May 2 10:30am (4:30am EST) in St. Peter’s Square
Mass of Thanksgiving, officiated by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone
Photo by AFP Gabriel Bouys