Stanstead cou­ple at­tend John Paul II be­at­i­fi­ca­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

OnMay 1st, over one and a half mil­lion peo­ple con­verged on Rome to be a part of the be­at­i­fi­ca­tion process of Pope John Paul II, the last step to saint­hood. Among those were Diane and Richard Groleau, of Stanstead, who trav­elled to Rome to wit­ness the oc­ca­sion. “We bought our tick­ets in Jan­uary when I heard about the event. When I wrote my Mas­ter’s De­gree in The­ol­ogy, the sub­ject I chose was ‘Mar­riage ac­cord­ing to John Paul II’. I read many of his ar­ti­cles and books, work­ing two years on that mem­oir. John Paul II be­came a friend dur- ing that time and that was the main rea­son why we went there,” ex­plained Mrs. Groleau.

Al­though the cou­ple had hoped to wit­ness the event at St.Peter’s Square in the Vat­i­can City, when their tour bus ar­rived there at 7:00 in the morn­ing on May 1st, the Square was al­ready filled to ca­pac­ity with the faith­ful. The cou­ple along with their fel­low tourists were rerouted to Rome’s Cir­cus Max­imus where about 300,000 peo­ple gath­ered to watch the event with the help of gi­ant video screens. “There were peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent coun­tries, of dif­fer­ent ages, and you could hear dif­fer­ent lan­guages be­ing spo­ken all around. It was a nice com­mu­nion with the whole world,” Mrs. Groleau added.

Ninety heads of State were among the one and a half mil­lion in St. Peter’s Square, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dents of Poland and Mex­ico and the Zim­bab­wean leader, Robert Mu­gabe.

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Diane Groleau poses in St. Peter’s Square with a gi­ant poster of John Paul II in the back­ground.

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