by Nick Delgado
Guam - Archbishop Anthony Apuron is back on Guam returning from his pilgrimage to Rome for the beatification ceremony for the late Pope John Paul II. This was actually his Excellency's third trip to the country to attend a beatification ceremony.
The head of the Catholic Church on Guam however, says this trip was a bit different. He explained that the crowds were just overwhelming, telling KUAM News, "It was so many people that we were just so swarm it was thousands of people there were already 250,000 people we were told that were already in the square itself, St. Peter's Basilica, we were being pressed almost like a herd of cattle being pushed together and it got so unbearable."
After hours of trying to get to the ceremony, Apuron says he ended up going back to his hotel to watch the event on television. In the meantime, Apuron says the Archdiocese of Hagatna will be holding a re-dedication ceremony for the pope's statue near the Cathedral sometime in June.