The memorials were discussed and approved on Nov. 15 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during their fall General Assembly, which was held in Baltimore.
By a vote of 154-2, the bishops approved placing a memorial for Bl. John Paul II on the calendar for Oct. 22, the anniversary of his election as Pope in 1978.
At the time of his death on April 2, 2005, devotion to Pope John Paul II was already widespread and cries of “Santo Subito!” (Saint Now!) were heard in St. Peter’s Square following his passing.
He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI before a crowd of over one million people on May 1, 2011 in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Beatified individuals are not typically inscribed on the Church’s Universal Calendar. However, local authorities can suggest the addition of the observance of a beatified individual on a diocesan, religious or national calendar.
Bl. Marianne Cope’s feast day was previously observed as an Optional Memorial on Jan. 23 in the Diocese of Syracuse, where she entered the Sisters of Saint Francis, and in the Diocese of Honolulu, where she served the sick for many years.