April 2 marked the sixth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death. While working at the Catholic Herald in Milwaukee, I attended several prayer services held in observance of John Paul’s passing.
Hours after Pope John Paul II passed away, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan spoke to the media about the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II. The press conference was held on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Earlier in the day a noon prayer service was held at St. Anthony Church, Milwaukee. Pope John Paul’s picture was placed on a side altar next to a single candle, where mourners came forward to kneel and pray.
On May 1, the beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place at St. Peter’s Basilica. Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process and the late pope will be referred to as blessed.