2011 began with some unexpected news. On January 14 the Vatican announced the beatification of John Paul II.
Fr. Federico Lombardi - Vatican spokesman -(January 14, 2011)
“The pope has approved the beatification to take place on May 1 of this year. It will be on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, an important date in his life and in his encounter with God.”
During the last weeks of 2010, doctors and experts from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints reaffirmed that the healing of a French nun Marie Simon Pierre couldn't be scientifically explained. The pope then approved the miracle.
In January, Benedict XVI visited the children in Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic hospital. He explained the meaning of Christmas to them and blessed the care center for children with spina bifida. One day later he baptized 21 children of Vatican employees. The ceremony took place in the Sistine Chapel.