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Many Of Detroit’s Faithful On Hand In Rome For Beatification Of JPII

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Waving the Polish flag, this group was among the thousands in St. Peter's Square for the beatification of John Paul II.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Waving the Polish flag, this group was among the thousands in St. Peter’s Square for the beatification of John Paul II. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Several Metro Detroiters have made the trip to Rome for Sunday’s beatification of Pope John Paul II.  WWJ Newsradio 950’s Beth Fisher has more.

St. Peter’s Square and the streets around it have been jammed with  people celebrating the beatification of Pope John Paul II.  

Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connections on Ava Maria Radio and she’s in Rome with people from parishes in St. Clair Shores, Rochester Hills and Ann Arbor.  Since St. Peter’s Square was so packed, she and some others went to the Circus Maximus where they had video screens set up.

“They took several, several major steps to make this quite a production, so they knew that many people wouldn’t be able to get into St. Peter’s  Square because of JPII’s popularity, so they actually had set-up’s all around the city of Rome, so you could go to any of these locations and actually see it on the video screen, but it was very moving and it really exciting to be here, very exciting,” says Tomeo.

Tomeo says former Domino’s owner Tom Monaghan is with their group.  When she was a reporter, Tomeo says she covered Pope John Paul’s visits to the U.S. twice.

“The whole experience has been very fulfilling for me, from a journalistic standpoint, and then to share it with people from Michigan and to share it with people from around the county and then to share it with people from around the world, we had a group of Polish-Catholics in front of us during the whole beatification, they were very moved for obvious reasons. They very much-loved John Paul II,” says Tomeo.

Locally many catholics celebrated the beatification. Click on here to read more.

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