CATHOLICS RECEIVE WITH GREAT JOY FIVE NEW BLESSED
| Vatican City, 4 (NE) Faithful from all over the Church received yesterday with great joy the 5 new
Blessed proclaimed by Pope John Paul II during a solemn ceremony held in St. Peter's Square.
"During this Holy Year, and with profound joy", the Pope said durig the celebration, "I proceed to
the beatification of two Pontiffs, Pius IX and John XXIII, and of three other servers of the Gospel in
the ministry and in consecrated life: the Archbishop of Genoa, Tommaso Reggio; the diocesan priest
Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade; and the benedictine monk Columbia Marmion".
Faithful completely filled St. Peter's Square, filling as well part of the Via della Conciliazione. Many
of them also fulfilled the aim of a long pilgrimage. During his homily, the Holy Father stressed that
the five new Blessed have "five different characters, each one with particular features and mission,
all united in their longing for holiness. It is their holiness that we recognize today, holiness that is a
deep and transforming relationship with God, constructed and experienced in the daily effort of
adhesion to His will."
The Pope then spoke briefly about each one of the five new blessed. Pius IX, the Holy Father
emphasized, "was an example of unconditional adhesion to the immutable deposit of revealed Truth,
amid the difficult events of His time." "Of Pope John XXIII we have the memory of a smiling face
and two arms wide open, embracing all Earth", the Holy Father said as well during his homily.
"To the new Blessed Pius IX, John XXIII, Tommaso Reggio, Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade and
Columba Marmion", the Pope said in closing, "may we ask with faith that they help us to live
increasingly in conformity with the Spirit of Christ." "Their Love to God and their brethren be light
for our path at the beginning of the Third Millennia", the Pope finally stressed.