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i just heard on cbs radio that Pope John paul will be dietified.

what exactly does that mean? and how does it get recognized and put into practice by the people?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Dec. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I don't know exactly what that means....but I am looking forward to the answer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • I'm with anon :06

    Answer by nikkiJ86 at 4:10 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • Do you mean deified? I don't know who would be making him a god, he was popular, but not that popular. Perhaps he is being made a saint? But, I thought a person had to be dead longer before that could happen. My study of Catholicism is limited though, so perhaps someone here will know better than my half-remembered guesses. Ahh here I found something. Just search your fav. news website for Pope John Paul II & you will get the story. He is "one step closer to sainthood" because "Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree recognizing the late pontiff's "heroic virtues" and declaring him "venerable."


    Answer by nysa00 at 4:17 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • They're sending him to Jenny Craig? I think it's a little late for that.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:20 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • oops. lololol well i guess i spelled that wrong. lol. yes deified.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:05 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • I have sat back waiting for an answer. As a Catholic I am dumbfounded on what you mean. Do you mean beatified maybe? That is the next step in John Paul becoming a saint. He will be Blessed John Paul if a miracle is verified.


    Answer by Kattykitten at 5:34 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • I really don' t know where the word deified came from because that is just incorrect. Pope John Paul has been declared Venerable by the Catholic Church . To become a saint the church recognizes two types of virtues, Martyrdom and Heroic. Heroic virtues are all virtues aside from Martyrdom. For Heroic Virtue the person must " develop a habit of good conduct that becomes second nature." , there's more but that's a basic definition. Basically the church is saying Pope John Paul was a really good person, not a god.   I'm over simplifying but the idea is he had a high moral standard for himself that he lived by consistently.  There are many steps to sainthood and this in no way says that he will become a saint.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:02 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • I think the OP has confused "beatified" and "deified". And JPII hasn't been beatified yet - he has been declared venerable as RyansMom explained. According to the Catholic Church all those in heaven are saints, but there is also a process to formally recognize some people with the title "Saint" (it's called cannonization). A summary of the canonization process is here. JPII is on his way through the canonization process - beatification is part of it. No one is "deified" by the Cathoic Church.


    Answer by eringobrough at 6:28 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • Thank you eringobrough for clearing that up.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:34 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • It was just on the news that Pope Benedict is heading in the direction of declaring Pope John Paul II a saint.

    Answer by Marwill at 6:56 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

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