Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is leaving less media attention for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II.
The wedding is scheduled for April 29 but broadcast and print media resources are being directed to London, not Rome. “There won’t be a lot of space to cover the beatification because all the attention is going to be on England,” an Italy-based reporter for CBS told the Wall Street Journal.
The royals announced their wedding date in November — two months before the Vatican set its schedule. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s private secretary, insisted the beatification should be May 1 — Labor Day in many countries — to give Poles time to travel to Rome.
The Catholic cable network EWTN will provide extensive coverage:
Saturday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. Central: Live from the Circus Maximus, a vigil organized by the diocese of Rome
Sunday, May 1, begin coverage of mass at 1:30 a.m. Central: Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Monday, May 2, 3:30 a.m. Central: Mass of Thanksgiving in Honor of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Cable neworks Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC plan to start live coverage of the Sunday mass at 3 a.m. central.