Linwood, New Jersey                                    Spring 2002                                                       Page 1

Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed Gaetano Errico, Founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

   During a solemn liturgy in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 14, six people were beatified by Pope John Paul, including Fr. Gaetano Errico, Founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  His Holiness especially noted Fr.Errico's dedication to care of the people, tirelessly giving of himself and of his time to listen to penitents, welcoming them to accept God's forgiveness and love.  He said of Fr. Errico's example, "it inspires us to rediscover the value and importance of the sacrament of penance, where God liberally distributes His forgiveness and shows His fatherly tenderness toward His weaker children."


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(Banner of Fr. Errico on front of St. Peter's)



(St. Peter's)


The mention of Fr. Errico's name during the ceremony, brought many cheers from the huge crowd in St. Peter's Square.  Many busloads of residents of Naples and its surrounding towns, along with a pilgrimage group from the United States had come in honor of Fr. Errico.

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