The other day Rome Reports posted a video of a screen set up around the altar of Bl. Innocent XI in the Vatican Basilica. It was immediately assumed that that is where the body of Bl. John Paul II would be placed.
L’Osservatore Romano of 15 Jan 2011 has a brief statement that the remains of soon-to-blessed John Paul II will be translated (“translate” is a technical term for the moving of the body or relics) from the crypt below up to the Chapel of St. Sebastian in the Vatican Basilica itself, where at the moment is the altar and tomb of Bl. Innocent XI. This chapel is, as you walk into St. Peter’s, in the right hand nave, passed the Pietà. I have said Mass there many times.
However, the body of the blessed will not be exposed. It will be enclosed in a simple tomb of marble with the inscription: Beatus Ioannes Paulus ii.
At one time or another during the cause of Bl. John Paul there would have to have been a formal opening of the coffin and an examination of the remains, both to see what condition they were in and also to gather relics.
nella basilica Vaticana
Saranno traslate dalle Grotte alla basilica Vaticana le spoglie di Giovanni Paolo II. In occasione della beatificazione del Pontefice, infatti, ne è stata decisa la collocazione nella cappella di San Sebastiano all’altare del beato Innocenzo xi, situata nella navata destra della basilica, tra le cappelle della Pietà e del Santissimo Sacramento. La traslazione della bara avverrà senza esumazione: quindi il corpo di Papa Wojtyla non sarà esposto, ma si troverà in un vano chiuso da una semplice lapide di marmo con la scritta: Beatus Ioannes Paulus ii.
It is probable that Bl Innocent will be moved to the crypt, but – I am guessing – not to the niche where Bl. John Paul still is.