VATICAN CITY, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Vatican said Wednesday the May 1 beatification ceremony for Pope Paul II in St. Peter's Square will be "open to all the faithful."
ANSA reported the Vatican announced the accommodation after being inundated with requests for invitations to the event, which is expected to draw the largest crowds to Rome since the death of the Polish pope April 2, 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned his predecessor's beatification after a Vatican commission, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, approved a miracle attributed to him.
The commission unanimously confirmed a French nun, Sister Simon-Pierre, was cured -- miraculously -- of Parkinson's disease through the intervention of Pope Paul II.
ANSA said Polish newspapers reported in March 2010 the nun did not suffer from Parkinson's but a similar, non-terminal illness.
The Church requires one miracle for beatification and two for sainthood.