O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee thanks for thy servant Pope John Paul II, who was faithful in the care and nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Venerable John Paul II
(18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005)
will be beatified on 1 May 2011.