mandag, februar 21, 2011

Vatican to put pope's coffin on show

The faithful attending the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome will be able to pray at his coffin, which will be exhumed for the event, the Vatican has said.

The Roman Catholic Church warned its members around the world not to fall prey to fraudsters, particularly on the internet, who are selling tickets to the beatification ceremony on May 1.

"For the beatification mass of Pope John Paul II ... no tickets are required," the Vatican said.

Italian and church officials say more than a million people may attend the mass at which John Paul, who died in 2005, will be declared a blessed of the church and move one step closer to sainthood.