On this day in 1988, Pope John Paul II beatified Father Charles of Mount Argus, together with Father Bernard Mary Silvestrelli C.P. and the Polish Capuchin Honoratus Kozminski. The photo shows my mother doing the First Reading, which was quite extraordinary as she had never read at Mass in her own parish. However, the dignitary chosen to read could not be at the rehearsal on the Saturday morning (as the Irish pilgrims were arriving on Saturday afternoon) and was consequently disqualified by the Papal Ceremonies people, so Mum had to step in.
The Beatification Mass also marked the tenth anniversary of the Election of Pope John Paul II which, obviously, took place on 16 October 1978. For this reason the Mass was held in Saint Peter’s Square; the postulators (CP and OFM Cap) had wanted it in the Basilica in case it might rain, but the Pope’s anniversary meant that it was moved to the square, necessitating the making of a second Arazzo for each new Beatus, as the originals were now too small (which is why there is one in Dublin and one in Munstergeleen). Fortunately, it was a beautiful sunny day – Father Charles only learned how to make it rain later on.