Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
28 Jan 2011
Rome is already making preparations to welcome around 2 million pilgrims for the beatification of John Paul II. The Circus Maximus in Rome will host the crowds on the evening of April 30 for a prayer vigil in preparation of the ceremony.
The vigil is just one of the events surrounding the beatification of John Paul II set for May 1.
The site chosen for the vigil, the Circus Maximus, is the largest stadium in Rome and is located right beside Nero's Golden Palace.
During World Youth Day 2000, the site hosted 'The Feast of Divine Mercy', in which more than 300 priests listened to the confession of hundreds of thousands of young people.