The Vatican announced that from John Paul II’s beatification ceremony day - which will take place on Sunday, May 1 - and for as long as the faithful continue to arrive, the remains of Pope John Paul II will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s basilica, in front of the Altar of Confession. The Vatican has also released a schedule of the event that has been divided into 5 stages.
Saturday, April 30
From 8pm to 10.30pm in the Circus Maximus a prayer vigil will be led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar for Rome diocese, while Pope Benedict XVI will participate by a video link.
Sunday, May 1
The beatification ceremony, led by Pope Benedict XVI, will begin at 10am in St. Peter’s Square. No tickets will be required for the ceremony and the access to the square and surrounding areas will be regulated by the police.
The faithful can venerate the remains of Pope John Paul II immediately following the ceremony itself. The remains of Blessed John Paul II will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s basilica, in front of the Altar of Confession.
Monday, May 2
At 10.30pm a Mass of thanksiving in St. Peter’s Square will be presided by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.
Finally, the remains of Blessed John Paul II will be re-interred in the Vatican basilica, in the chapel of St. Sebastian. This ceremony will be held privately.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household - having been informed of the existence of unauthorised offers, especially on Internet, of assistance in providing tickets for Audiences and Papal ceremonies - announced that for the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II no tickets are required and that tickets provided by the Prefecture of the Papal Household for Papal ceremonies and General Audiences are always free and no person or organization can request any kind of payment