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Overwhelming American public support for beatification of John Paul II

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.