I want to point you to some sources for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Here is a webpage the Vatican has set up with events for the beatification. There are program booklets, as well. I believe we will see live links to addresses and homilies here.
Tonight already, there is a vigil service at 8:00pm local Rome time.
Tomorrow, there will be Holy Mass for the Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II Saint Peter's Square, at 10:00 (4:00am ET), with Pope Benedict delivering a homily, and on Monday a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Cardinal Bertone.
Some major news networks like Fox News are covering the beatification ceremony starting at 4:00am ET, as is EWTN.
If you want raw coverage, you can usually watch it live on Vatican television here: http://www.vatican.va/video/index.html. Unless you know Italian, you'll want to switch over to EWTN to hear a translation of the homily, more than likely.
There is a beautiful series of photo tributes to Pope John Paul II at a Vatican webpage set up for this purpose: http://www.johnpaulii.va/en/
PORTALS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Watch some of these high-paced sites for newslinks to a multitude of news stories and commentaries on the beatification. There are some great links at these sites now:
The Vatican is going all out on social media. On things like Twitter, you will see high-paced offerings of comments and links to things like addresses, homilies, commentaries, news stories, etc. Look for a twitter tag of #JPII and select it when it is a hyperlink. You will see all the tweets made with that label.
- YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/giovannipaoloii
- Pope2You on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Pope2YouVatican
- Vatican News on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/news_va_en
- On Facebook, there is a Pope John Paul II page: http://www.facebook.com/vatican.johnpaul2?sk=wall#!/vatican.johnpaul2 (see the events page here: http://www.facebook.com/vatican.johnpaul2?sk=wall#!/vatican.johnpaul2?sk=app_4949752878)
- http://twitter.com/#!/roccopalmo (Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia)
- http://twitter.com/#!/americanpapist (Tom Peters, the American Papist and blogger at Catholic Vote)
- http://twitter.com/#!/the_crescat (Kat at the Crescat - the queen of Catholic humor)
http://twitter.com/#%21/ironiccatholic (blog http://www.ironiccatholic.com/)
- http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/ (blog of a Catholic family)
- http://twitter.com/#!/AnnaArco (Anna Arco of the UK Catholic Herald)
- (Taylor Marshall of Canterbury Tales blog
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