Catholics around the world on Sunday 02.04.2006 attended special masses, vigils and prayers marking the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, tributes that
resonated with particulars poignancy in the late pontiff's native Poland.
From early morning believers thronged the sanctuary of Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki, on the outskirts of the southern Polish city of Krakow, for a huge open-air
mass to pray for the rapid beatification of the late Pope.
Polish President Lech kaczynski was among the faithful who paid tribute to Polish born John Paul II, who died on April 2, 2005.
"We came here to be with the Pope, to tell him that he'll always bewith us, "Stanislawa Rosicka(65) said.
Meanwhile, the Vatican said there would be no rush to beatify John Paul II.
Portuguese Cardinal Jose Maria saraiva Martins, who heads the Vatican Office over seeing the process for sainthood, told the daily news paper Diario de Noticias the whole process needed to be carefully studied by the Vatican
Pope John Paul II Beatification Prayer