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How to Follow the "Big Weekend"

04/30/2011 Comments (3)

Franciscan nuns from Bologna, Italy, walk past a giant image of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 28. Pope John Paul will be beatified May 1 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Thousands of pilgrims have been streaming into Rome over the past week for the start of the “Big Weekend” which opens tonight with the Vigil in honor of John Paul II at 8pm local time.

And although it’s currently raining in Rome and some storms are forecast on Monday, meteorologists predict the rain clouds will make way for a sunny day tomorrow, the date of the beatification in St. Peter’s Square. 

If, like most, you won’t be able to make it here to join the celebrations in person, you can still follow all the events of the three days on EWTN which will be offering extensive coverage.

The Vatican has also been pulling out the stops to ensure you don’t miss a thing. This page on the Vatican Radio site has details of the schedule of events (this page is also helpful) and links to the cameras of Vatican television. For some background on how the beatification will unfold, the Vatican has released this note from the Pontifical Household.

In the meantime, check back for updates from Tom Wehner and me over the next three days.

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About Edward Pentin

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin