It's hard to keep up with the flow of news about the beatification of Pope John Paul II, but I'm trying. Here's a brief (but by now means complete) rundown of some of the more interesting articles and perspectives. First off, John Allen, who will be covering the beatification for CNN, has a run-down on the concerns over the "rushing" of the beatification here in a lengthy article in NCR. (It's a more extensive version of his piece in Newsweek, and is probably the best article I've seen that addresses some of these topics.) Allen is also providing a helpful series of daily Q&As on the upcoming beatification Mass on Sunday. Second, George Weigel, the pope's biographer, responds to some of the critics of the beatification, particularly those who raise the question of the late pope's handling of abuse cases. Third, one parish in the United States has already taken the (now-approved name) of "Blessed John Paul II." Fourth, an article about the decision concerning selection of the new Blessed's Feast Day. Fifth, a charming article in which the pope's pilot recalls his time aboard "Shepherd One" with John Paul (and his somewhat uncanny knack for ushering in good weather). Fifth, the type of relic that will be used (in churches, etc.) in remembrance of the late pope. Sixth, and most recently, the surprising news from Cardinal Camillo Ruini that the cardinals at the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI petitioned to have the five-year waiting period for John Paul's beatification waived. And finally (whew!) a video from Rome Reports on the beatification process.