URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $9,771 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Tight security at Vatican for beatification

Catholic World News - April 29, 2011

Security will be tight at the Vatican during the beatification of Pope John Paul II, but officials have indicated that there are no particular reasons for concern.

"There are no specific threats, but these are major events," said Italian police chief Antonio Manganelli. "So we have a duty to strengthen intelligence, information, territory checks, surveillance and protection services."

More than 50 world leaders are expected to attend the ceremonies, adding pressure on the security team. But Manganelli assured reporters that Roman officials are prepared--and have experience coping with the demands, most notably from the funeral of John Paul II in 2005.

Early on Saturday afternoon, April 30, all access to St. Peter's Square and the surrounding streets will be restricted. Vehicular traffic will be stopped until after the beatification ceremony. Pilgrims attending that ceremony will be able to enter St. Peter's Square early on Sunday morning.

Weather forecasts call for some showers over the weekend, but organizers still anticipate that 1 million people will attend the beatification and the prayer vigil on the preceding evening.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($63,519 to go):
$150,000.00 $86,481.12
42% 58%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days