Santo Subito


On Sunday, May 1, 2011, The Servant of God, Pope John Paul II “The Great” will be beatified by the church in a Mass in Rome. This is an especially appropriate day, since it will occur on the liturgical feast created by John Paul II, Divine Mercy Sunday. “Santo Subito” was a slogan that appeared on many banners held aloft at his funeral and it means “Saint Now!” Let us continue to pray that through his intercession God will favor the church with many graces. Let us pray that in the not too distant future he will be declared a saint.

This is the official prayer of intercession to God asking John Paul II become a saint that I found some time ago on the official web-site with information about the process for his canonization


O Blessed Trinity
We thank You for having graced the Church
with Pope John Paul II
and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit,
to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd,
and has shown us that holiness
is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life
and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will,
the graces we implore,
hoping that he will soon be numbered
among your saints.


With ecclesiastical approval
the Holy Father’s Vicar General
for the Diocese of Rome

Apparently, according to the web site, a hymn for the beatification has been written, also.
The refrain is based on the words of John Paul II which he often used in his preaching, teaching and writing.

Refrain: Open the doors to Christ,
courage! Be not afraid!
Enlarge yours hearts to the love of God,
to the charity of Christ.

Verse 1: Witness of hope
for those waiting for salvation,
a pilgrim of love
on the streets of the world

The original is in Italian but you can hear it and download it here.

Finally, as you may recall, Pope John Paul did have a sense of humor, especially when dealing with the youth of the world. Here’s one of my favorite photos of him.

Pope makes binoculars with his fingers

I see you!

Let us pray he sees us all and intercedes for us before Jesus Christ!

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