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Overwhelming American public support for beatification of John Paul II

CWN - May 02, 2011

The American public solidly supports the beatification of Pope John Paul II, despite heavy media coverage for critics of the ceremony, a new poll shows.

The Marist poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, found that 74% of all those questioned thought the late Pontiff was a suitable candidate for beatification. The numbers were even higher (90%) for Catholics, and higher still (94%) for practicing Catholics.

About 40% of all respondents said that Blessed John Paul II made a difference in their own spiritual lives. That figure soars close to 90% among American Catholics.

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  • Posted by: Obregon - May. 02, 2011 10:44 PM ET USA

    I could care less what critics have to say about Blessed John Paul II. I held my tears when I saw the ceremony via EWTN and felt great emotion at seeing this great Pope proclaimed "Blessed" by our present Holy Father whom I also suspect, is a saint! These are the same critics who viciously stained the name of Venerable Pius XII, who accused this Pope is being pro-Nazi, and accused Blessed John Paul II of not caring about sexual abused victims.

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