Beatification of Pope John Paul II


Pope John Paul II will be a step closer to sainthood when he is beatified this Sunday 1 May, after which he will be known as Blessed John Paul II. His beatification will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square in Rome.

Watch the beatification ceremony live at, with coverage from 6.30pm New Zealand time. The beatification ceremony will commence at 8pm New Zealand time.

Pope John Paul II is the only Pope to have visited New Zealand and spent three days here in November 1986.
Find out more about Pope John Paul II's visit to New Zealand.

New Zealand beatification celebrations

Sunday 1 May, 10am
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Thorndon

Sunday 1 May, 11am
St Patrick's Cathedral, Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD