Pope John Paul II is the center of holiness. Mark the date - the feast of Divine Mercy, May 1, 2011 is the beatification of John Paul II, his friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
On April 2, 2005 at 09:37 Pope John Paul II died. In April 2009, his successor, Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims in Rome "With you I pray for the gift of her beatification." This prayer was answered. Friday, January 14, 2011, the Holy See has published "Notice of beatification of Servant of God John Paul II." Sunday, January 16, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI after Angelus prayer, said "The first May I have the pleasure to serve the Venerable Pope John Paul II, my predecessor, as a saint.
The choice of the Feast of Divine Mercy, May 1, 2011 for the beautification was chosen intentionally. Pope John Paul II had a deep devotion to his fellow Pole Sister Faustina Kowalska and Divine Mercy cult identified with it.