Houston celebrates John Paul II beatification

May 1, 2011 8:57:26 AM PDT
The Catholic Church declared Pope John Paul II officially "blessed." Catholics from around the world filled Vatician City to watch the former pontiff's beatification.

More than a million people attended the event at St. Peter's Square.

The pope's coffin was placed at the main alter so the faithful could once again pay their final respects.

To become a saint, the Catholic Church would have to confirm John Paul II performed two miracles. Beatification is the next to last step in the process of being recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Several events were held in Houston to celebrate the occasion. The University of St. Thomas is one of them. Starting at 12:30pm, different religious scholars will give lectures about the pope's legacy at the campus on Montrose.

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