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Title: Pope John Paul II
Post by: MuffyBee on April 24, 2013, 08:12:33 AM
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Pope John Paul II


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2013, 10:16:06 AM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2203/report_a_miracle_confirmed_for_john_paul_iis_canonization_process.aspx#.UXfl4r4o7IU

Report: A miracle confirmed for John Paul II’s canonization process
April 22, 2013 09:08 EST

Leading Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli reports today that the Vatican’s medical experts have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, a major step forward for his cause for canonization.

Tornielli reports for La Stampa’s Vatican Insider:

It all happened in great secrecy, with maximum confidentiality. In January, the postulator of the cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder, submitted a presumed miraculous healing to the Vatican Congregation for the Saints for a preliminary opinion. As it is known, after the approval of a miracle for the proclamation of a blessed, the canonical procedures include the recognition of a second miracle that must have occurred after the beatification ceremony.

Two doctors of the Vatican council had previously examined this new case, and both gave a favourable opinion. The dossier with the medical records and the testimonies was then officially presented to the Congregation, which immediately included the examination in its agenda. In the past few days it was discussed by a committee of seven doctors, the council (presided over by Dr. Patrick Polisca, Pope John Paul II's cardiologist), Pope Benedict XVI's personal physicians and now Pope Francis's. The medical council also gave a favourable opinion, the first official go-ahead by the Vatican, by defining as inexplicable the healing attributed to the intercession of the blessed Karol Wojtyla.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2013, 05:26:14 PM
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/wojtyla-wojtyla-wojtyla-24259/

04/22/2013
The Vatican doctors approve the miracle to make Wojtyla a saint

The medical council has recognized one healing as inexplicable If the theologians' OK were to arrive, John Paul would become a Saint only eight years after his death
Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

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This is the overcoming of the first fundamental hurdle, given that the alleged miracle must now be approved by theologians and then by the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation, before being subjected to the Pope for the definitive "yes". In any case, the approval of the council is considered the most important step; in fact, neither the theologians nor the cardinals are involved in the clinical evaluations concerning the case.

From the steps taken, the desire of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to work quickly is evident, as it had already happened for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, celebrated by his successor Benedict XVI the 1st of May, 2011. This fast lane that continues to be open for Wojtyla indicates that even Pope Francis is in favour of the canonisation of the Polish Pope.

It is still premature to talk about dates for the canonization, but the rapidity with which the examination of the miracle process is happening still leaves open the possibility of celebrating it on Sunday October 20th, very close to the liturgical holiday assigned to the blessed Wojtyla, which is on October 22nd.




Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2013, 05:45:05 PM
http://www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=50637

Pope John Paul II could be recognized as a saint in record time
4/23/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's been officially recognized: the Vatican's medical experts have approved a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, a major step forward for his cause for canonization. Confirmed in high secrecy with the utmost confidentiality, a French nun's remarkable recovery from Parkinson's disease has been accepted by doctors as the first miracle attributable to the late pope.

According to information that has now been made public, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, 48, said that in 2005, just following the passing of Pope John Paul II, she asked her sisters to pray on her behalf. She said she wrote the pope's name on a piece of paper and when she awoke the next morning, she was cured.

The vetting process was secret, but what we now know is that in January, Mgr. Slawomir Oder submitted a second case of miraculous healing to the Vatican. The Congregation of the Saints investigated.

Doctors from the Vatican gave a favorable first opinion and follow-up work revealed the healing to show every sign of being miraculous. There was no medical explanation and no medical intervention that could have caused the healing. the woman who received the healing hasn't yet been named.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2013, 10:18:51 PM
For our Texas "guests" and monkeys...

http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/faith/2013-04-26/mike-haynes-exhibit-about-pope-john-paul-ii-worth-trip-lubbock

Mike Haynes: Exhibit about Pope John Paul II worth trip to Lubbock
Posted: April 26, 2013 - 10:38pm

No, we didn’t drive to Lubbock to see it. Kathy and I were in the Hub City for a rock concert and a leisurely weekend.

With time to kill on a Saturday afternoon, we ventured west from the Texas Tech campus, down Fourth Street to the Catholic Renewal Center.

We had been to the Buddy Holly Center and the Texas Tech Museum before, so an exhibit that had been open just a day sounded appealing.

My wife and I aren’t Catholic, but you don’t have to be one to appreciate this traveling display about the life of Pope John Paul II, who lived from 1920 to 2005 and was pope from 1978 to his death. All it takes is an interest in Christianity, history or current events. Or maybe, like me, you’d just like to see one of those tall, ornamented “pope hats” up close.

The exhibit is called “I Have Come To You Again,” and it’s in our neighboring city through May 31.
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Paul has been credited with strong political influence, including contributions to the end of the Soviet Union, and the tour includes photographs and documentation of the 1980s era in which he, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher pushed for freedom in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

Former President George W. Bush loaned a piece of the Berlin Wall for the exhibit, and I was surprised to learn that Reagan’s famous declaration to the Russians to “tear down this wall” had been suggested to the president by John Paul II.

Amid many photographic and artistic portraits of the pope is a section devoted to the 1981 incident when a Turkish gunman shot him four times in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Diagrams reminiscent of the Kennedy “magic bullet” theory show how a projectile made a dramatic turn away from John Paul’s heart.

When the pope later visited his attacker in prison to forgive him, the man asked, “Why aren’t you dead?” John Paul replied that the shooter’s hand had shot the bullet but that “it was a mother’s hand that guided the bullet’s path,” giving credit to the Virgin Mary.

We remember the kindly face of Pope John Paul II and the constant trips he made to 129 countries. The closest he came to the Texas Panhandle were his visits to San Antonio in 1987 and Denver in 1993, but he was familiar to most of us, Protestant, Catholic or otherwise.

His faith still can inspire.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on May 13, 2013, 08:22:13 PM
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/local/today-in-history-pope-john-paul-ii-shot-1.142095

Today in history - Pope John Paul II shot
By  The Associated Press
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 06:49 AM.

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In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh).
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http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/cathnews/fatima/popesecr.html

Pope Reveals Third Fatima Secret - MAY. 13, 2000

FATIMA, Portugal (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has made public the famous "third secret" of Fatima.

The secret involves a vision of an assassination attempt on a Pope-- a vision that matches the attempted killing of Pope John Paul II himself on May 13,1981.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on June 19, 2013, 05:54:05 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/former-pope-john-paul-ii-close-to-being-declared-a-saint-8665688.html

Former pope, John Paul II, close to being declared a saint
Milan  Wednesday 19 June 2013

The inexplicable recovery of a Costa Rican woman who had severe brain damage could be the second miracle that will ensure that the former pope, John Paul II, is declared a saint. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that it had verified a second miracle by the late Polish pontiff that “would cause amazement”.
 
Il Giornale newspaper quoted Vatican sources as saying the event in question is the woman’s recovery. Further details of the alleged second miracle have not been released. It was claimed however, that the event represented a “double miracle” because in addition to the woman being cured, the wavering faith of the family was restored.

The apparent miracle took place on 1 May 2011, the day of John Paul’s beatification – the penultimate step before sainthood, for which another miracle is also required.
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Following the approval of the second miracle by the board of theologians, the next step in John Paul’s canonisation process will be verification by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints’ commission of cardinals and bishops, which is due to meet in the coming weeks. If they verify the miracle, it’s then up to Pope Francis to sign the canonisation decree and establish the date for the ceremony in St Peter’s Square, which is expected to be 20 October. This would fall close to the 35th anniversary of John Paul II’s election as pope.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 02, 2013, 10:01:31 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18329

Miracle approved, canonization looms for John Paul II
July 02, 2013

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved a 2nd miracle attributed to the influence of Blessed John Paul II, according to multiple reports in the Italian news media.

The Congregation also reportedly approved a 2nd miracle attributed to the influence of Blessed John XXIII.

If the reports are accurate, and Pope Francis adds his approval, both former Pontiffs could be canonized before the end of this year.

The prelates who compose the Congregation met on July 2, with a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II reportedly on their agenda. The miracle had already been examined and tentatively approved by two panels of experts: one composed of doctors, the other of theologians. The prelates reportedly voted their final approval for the miracle.

The meeting’s agenda also reportedly included consideration of a miracle attributed to Blessed John XXIII. That miracle, too, was approved, sources said.

The Vatican has not announced the results of the July 2 meeting. The Congregation’s votes are technically secret, and do not officially take effect until the Pope authorizes the release of a decree. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation, will meet with Pope Francis to present the vote for papal approval sometime in the near future.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 02, 2013, 10:05:26 PM
http://www.latintimes.com/articles/5895/20130702/pope-john-paul-ii-approved-vatican-sainthood.htm

Pope John Paul II Approved By Vatican For Sainthood; Pope Francis Must Sign Decree
Jul 02, 2013 02:38 PM EDT

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In order to become a saint the candidate must go through a lengthy process before the official decree is placed before the Pope.

First a candidate for sainthood has to have been dead for five years. Pope John Paul II bypassed that rule when Mother Theresa was nominated for sainthood. After the nomination, an investigation into the life of the candidate is launched. Following the Vatican's approval there must be a recognized and recorded miracle that cannot be explained away. This is known as Beatification.

During the process of Beatification catholiceducation.org says "A martyr may be beatified and declared blessed by virtue of martyrdom itself. Otherwise, the candidate must be credited with a miracle. In verifying the miracle the church looks at whether God truly performed a miracle and whether the miracle was in response to the intercession of the candidate saint."

Following Beatification, the candidate saint must be associated with a second miracle before the man or woman can be approved and canonized by the Pope.

In the case of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican recognizes two miracles relating to the healing of two women, one in 2005 the other in 2011.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on August 03, 2013, 03:10:47 PM
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http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/category/fr-thomas-rosica

What did we learn from World Youth Day?
August 1, 2013 by salt and light

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Thursday afternoon at the Vivo Rio English Welcome Centre, Fr. Thomas Rosica took some time away from managing the amazing live coverage of WYD by Salt + Light TV to say Mass for the Canadians gathered there. Nearing the end, he shared a quick story of his time after World Youth Day Toronto in 2002, where he was a key organizer.

In November of 2002, then-Pope John Paul II invited him and a few others to lunch. The Pope turned to Fr. Rosica at one point and asked him, “What did you learn from WYD?” After uttering an internal “Mama Mia!”, he responded to the man whom he loved and greatly respected:

“Holy Father, I thought before WYD that I was Catholic, but I really wasn’t. I became Catholic through the whole WYD experience. Because Catholic means a universal heart and a universal vision.”

Then, the Pope took Fr. Rosica’s hand and said “Bravo. You learned the most important lesson.”

Fr. Rosica then turned the tables on the Pope, who had created WYD, and asked “Why did you start this whole thing?”

The Pope smiled warmly and said, “I started it because I saw them so much alone. And I wanted them to know that they are not alone.”

“When we come to WYD as Pilgrims, we come from our parishes and our small groups,” Fr. Tom continued, to a rapt audience in Rio. “But then we come here and we see the flags and the millions of people and we can say ‘I am not alone.’”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 17, 2013, 12:48:28 AM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=19386

35th anniversary of election of John Paul II
October 16, 2013

Marking the 35th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis told his October 16 public audience: “I entrust all present, and your loved ones, to the heavenly intercession of Blessed John Paul II, on the 35th anniversary of his election to the Chair of St. Peter.”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 22, 2013, 01:15:03 PM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/october-22nd-last-celebration-of-john-paul-ii-as-a-blessed-english-11401.html#.Umaymr4o7IU

October 22nd: Last celebration of John Paul II, as a Blessed
2013-10-21 18:47:16

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At the end of September, Pope Francis announced that John Paul II will be canonized on April 27th. The miracle that gave way to his canonization took place in Costa Rica, the same day he was beatified. Since his beatification, a celebration is held every October 22nd to mark his life and his deeds.

The date coincides with the inaugural Mass at the very start of his pontificate. This October will be the last time John Paul II is celebrated as a Blessed, since by that time next year, he will be a Saint of the Catholic Church.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 27, 2014, 07:38:29 PM
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Video at the link

http://www.smh.com.au/world/thieves-steal-pope-john-paul-iis-blood-20140128-hva4f.html
Thieves steal Pope John Paul II's blood
Date  January 28, 2014 - 6:23AM

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The container of Pope John Paul II's blood, stolen from a church in Italy. Photo: AFP

Rome: Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said.

Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana called "a sacrilegious theft that was probably commissioned by someone".

Franca Corrieri told Reuters she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 27, 2014, 07:50:11 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25911872

27 January 2014 Last updated at 07:58 ET
Pope John Paul ll relic stolen from chapel in Italy

Italian police are hunting for a stolen holy relic that contains the blood of Pope John Paul ll.

It appears to have been taken during the burglary of a small chapel that was a place of special significance to the late Pope.

The church of San Pietro della Ienca lies in an isolated spot in the mountains of central Abruzzo region.

Over the weekend, thieves broke some protective iron bars and forced their way in through a window.

They left the collection box, but took a crucifix and the priceless relic, which contains a piece of gauze once soaked in the blood of the late Pope - one of only three such relics in the world.



Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: Sister on January 29, 2014, 09:35:51 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25911872

27 January 2014 Last updated at 07:58 ET
Pope John Paul ll relic stolen from chapel in Italy

Italian police are hunting for a stolen holy relic that contains the blood of Pope John Paul ll.

It appears to have been taken during the burglary of a small chapel that was a place of special significance to the late Pope.

The church of San Pietro della Ienca lies in an isolated spot in the mountains of central Abruzzo region.

Over the weekend, thieves broke some protective iron bars and forced their way in through a window.

They left the collection box, but took a crucifix and the priceless relic, which contains a piece of gauze once soaked in the blood of the late Pope - one of only three such relics in the world.



I say again, there is nothing sacred anymore . . . so sad!


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 29, 2014, 11:15:59 PM
http://www.christianpost.com/news/catholic-leader-pleads-with-thieves-to-return-pope-john-paul-ii-blood-relic-113568/

Catholic Leader Pleads With Thieves to Return Pope John Paul II Blood Relic
January 29, 2014|12:39 pm

Thieves who stole a reliquary containing blood from Pope John Paul II are being asked by an Italian Roman Catholic Church official to return the item.

Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L'Aquila stated in a letter sent out earlier this week asking whoever was responsible for stealing the gold container with blood to "give it back."

"I appeal to those who carried out this deplorable act…Give it back," said Petrocchi, reported Reuters
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The reliquary containing the deceased Pontiff's blood likely derived from a garment of clothing Pope John Paul II was wearing in 1981 when he narrowly survived an attempted assassination.
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"Italian authorities said they believe the theft was commissioned, as thieves stole only the relic and left many other valuables behind at the church," reported ABC News.

"Only three of John Paul II's relics contain his blood and they are all considered of great religious value."

Italian police and others have speculated that the relic may have been stolen by a group intent on using it for a Satanic ritual.

"It's possible that there could be Satanic sects behind the theft of the reliquary," said Giovanni Panunzio, the national coordinator of Osservatorio Antiplagio, an anti-Occult group. "This period of the year is important in the Satanic calendar and culminates in the Satanic 'new year' on Feb 1. This sort of sacrilege often take place at this time of the year. We hope that the stolen items are recovered as quickly as possible."
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 30, 2014, 03:17:19 PM
Sad...so senseless...what were they thinking or hope to accomplish?   ::MonkeyNoNo::

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-31/case-containing-stolen-pope27s-blood-found/5229416

Case containing stolen blood of Pope John Paul II found, but cloth relic still missing
Posted 38 minutes ago

Police have recovered a stolen gold and glass case that once contained the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, only to find the cloth stained with the blood itself was missing.

Pasquale Corriere, head of the association that looks after the small church in the mountains east of Rome from which the reliquary was stolen, said two men had been detained by police in the regional capital, L'Aquila.

The men took the police to the site where they had dumped the reliquary, but the cloth stained with the blood of the Pope, who died in 2005, was no longer inside, he said.

He said police were interrogating the men, who they believed to be drug addicts, and searching their apartment.

A small crucifix stolen along with the reliquary from the church of San Pietro della Ienca last weekend was also recovered.

The blood-soaked cloth was a fragment of the cassock that John Paul was wearing on May 13, 1981, when he was shot in an assassination attempt.

Relics of saints and other holy figures are often displayed in reliquaries to be venerated by the Catholic faithful.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 31, 2014, 01:34:45 AM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20140130.htm#head8

NEWS BRIEFS Jan-30-2014

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Thieves confess, but relic of Blessed John Paul II still missing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Less than a week after a relic of Blessed John Paul II disappeared from a country chapel east of Rome, Italian police arrested two men for the theft, but the venerated piece of fabric stained with the late pope's blood was still missing. Italian media reported Jan. 30 that police had found an empty iron reliquary, along with a stolen cross, buried on the grounds of a drug treatment facility in the city of L'Aquila, about 75 miles east of Rome. Two men in their early 20s, who were being questioned in connection with another crime, confessed they had stolen the objects and then revealed their location to police. But the men said they had discarded the relic itself -- reportedly a piece of the clothing Blessed John Paul was wearing when he was shot May 13, 1981 -- by throwing it into some bushes near the facility. Members of Italy's specialized scientific police were searching the grounds. The relic and the cross were first reported missing from the church of San Pietro della Ienca over the weekend of Jan. 25-26. The church, where Blessed John Paul often prayed, is located 13 miles north of L'Aquila, in the mountainous Abruzzo region where the late pope frequently went on brief vacations.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: Sister on January 31, 2014, 12:20:14 PM
"threw it away"
good grief!


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 31, 2014, 07:21:06 PM
"threw it away"
good grief!


Maybe they weren't Catholic and didn't know it was a holy relic.   :smt102


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 31, 2014, 07:29:15 PM
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http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/police-recover-stolen-jpii-relic-bishop-forgives-thieves/

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery.

“I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference. 

The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s cassock soaked in the blood from the 1981 assassination attempt on the Pope’s life. There are only three like it.

The relic was discovered missing early on the morning of Jan. 26, when a church custodian found a broken window at the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. She called the police, who discovered that the reliquary was missing, along with a small, simple cross.

Three men were arrested in connection with the relic’s theft. According to Reuters, the cloth was found in the garage of two of the men, and was pieced back together. The fabric is still missing a few cloth filaments and a gold thread, the bishop said.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 31, 2014, 07:46:51 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/police-find-stolen-john-paul-ii-relic

Police Find Stolen John Paul II Relic
Rome,  January 31, 2014

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The piece of cloth, stained with John Paul's blood, was discovered on Friday in a garage belonging to two men, police told reporters this afternoon.

Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, auxiliary bishop of L'Aquila, told a news conference he had pieced together the reliquary and the cloth after police found them in pieces on successive days.

He said the recovered piece of fabric was missing just a few filaments of cloth and gold thread, and that police were continuing to look for the rest of the relic together with a 'Scientific Task Force'.
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Yesterday morning, they apprehended three drug addicts in their late teens who had a history of petty theft but said they didn't realize the value of what they had stolen. Many were mystified by the robbery as no money was stolen, leading some to speculate possible satanic motives.
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http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20140131.htm#head13

NEWS BRIEFS Jan-31-2014
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Italian police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II
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The previous day, the thieves turned over an empty iron reliquary, along with a stolen cross, buried on the grounds of a drug treatment facility in the city of L'Aquila, about 75 miles east of Rome. They said they had removed and discarded the relic itself because they considered it worthless. "These three lads have the forgiveness of Pope John Paul II and our own," Bishop D'Ercole told reporters.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on February 01, 2014, 09:38:53 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/against-his-will-pope-john-paul-iis-notes-in-print/

January 22, 2014, 9:32 PM
Against his will, Pope John Paul II's notes in print

WARSAW, Poland -- Pope John Paul II's secretary "did not have the courage" to burn all of the pontiff's notes after his death, and is now having some of them published, he said Wednesday.

The book, "Very Much in God's Hands. Personal Notes 1962-2003," comes out Feb. 5 in Poland, where the pope is still a much-loved authority. It contains religious meditations that Karol Wojtyla recorded between July 1962, when he was a bishop in Poland, and March 2003, when he was pope.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told a news conference that in preserving some of the notes he was motivated by the "despair of historians" when the letters of Pope Pius XII were burned after his death, as he had wished.

In his last will, John Paul commissioned Dziwisz, his personal secretary and closest aide of almost 40 years, to burn his personal notes. Instead, Dziwisz kept them and is having them published before John Paul is declared a saint April 27 in Rome. They were made available to the Vatican in the pope's fast-track beatification and sainthood processes.
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And another article...

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1400357.htm
Jan-27-2014
Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul's private notebooks



Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: Sister on February 05, 2014, 08:44:05 AM
grace-land, I have real mixed feelings about this -- to go against the will of his friend and his Pope . . . I just don't know.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on February 05, 2014, 09:20:00 PM
grace-land, I have real mixed feelings about this -- to go against the will of his friend and his Pope . . . I just don't know.


I have mixed feelings about it, too, Sister; but I'm leaning toward burning the notes.  However, I can understand his sincere explanation to publish the notes--having read and reflected on the information in the two articles.  It must have been a very difficult decision to make in my opinion. 


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: Sister on February 06, 2014, 07:21:44 AM
grace-land, I have real mixed feelings about this -- to go against the will of his friend and his Pope . . . I just don't know.


I have mixed feelings about it, too, Sister; but I'm leaning toward burning the notes.  However, I can understand his sincere explanation to publish the notes--having read and reflected on the information in the two articles.  It must have been a very difficult decision to make in my opinion. 


Yes, I am leaning toward burning the notes.  That was his promise!


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2014, 09:31:34 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/introduction-to-new-book-of-interviews-on-blessed-john-paul-ii

Introduction to New Book of Interviews on Blessed John Paul II
"[In this Book] you will discover many unpublished stories and anecdotes; you will have the possibility to know the great heart with which Karol Wojtyla loved God and humanity."
Rome,  March 07, 2014

Below is the Introduction to the book “Beside John Paul II – His Friends and Collaborators Speak”.
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With this book I seek to have Karol Wojtyla known, the man and the Pontiff, recounted in twenty interviews by persons who served him, who were at his side, who helped him to write the history of the Church and of the world.

In twenty-seven years John Paul II made 146 apostolic journeys in Italy and 104 abroad, visiting 129 countries: 822 days travelling; in the 147 ceremonies of Beatification he proclaimed Blessed 1338 Servants of God and in the 51 ceremonies of Canonization he proclaimed 482 Saints. He wrote 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters, to which are added the annual Messages for the World Day of Peace, the World Day of the Sick, the World Youth Day, and the World Day of Social Communications.

In twenty-seven years the Polish Pope changed the world: he did so not thanks to sophisticated political strategies but, above all, because he succeeded in touching and changing people’s heart. True and lasting changes are not possible if they are not born in persons’ hearts.

In the book you are about to read the persons I interviewed talk about their meeting with Pope Wojtyla, in joy and in suffering, in doubt and in certainty, in health and in sickness. You will discover many unpublished stories and anecdotes; you will have the possibility to know the great heart with which Karol Wojtyla loved God and humanity.

Wlodzimierz Redzioch”


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2014, 11:43:14 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/unburned-letters-of-jpii-reveal-richness-of-trinity/

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity.

Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from two of the late Pope's notebooks, one beginning in 1962 and the other in 1985, which were both published in Italy by the Archdiocese of Milan.

Coming from one of the notebooks, the pontiff writes on the identity of the Trinity in three separate meditations, one focusing on God the Father, one on the Son, and another on the Holy Spirit.
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Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2014, 08:44:59 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/personal-notes-underscore-john-paul-iis-marian-devotion/

Personal notes underscore John Paul II's Marian devotion

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each.

“Nothing can be dangerous for us; neither Satan nor the world, nor sin – if there is in us the power of Christ in the Marian way,” Bl. John Paul II wrote in one of his personal notes.

Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book containing the Pope’s letters was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from two of his notebooks, one beginning in 1962 and the other in 1985, which were both published in Italy by the Archdiocese of Milan.

Reflecting on the virtues of faith, hope and love, the blessed expressed his thoughts regarding their nature, observing how each is brought to full fruition in the life and example of the Mother of God.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 17, 2014, 11:30:10 PM
http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/165390,Krakow-to-host-world-premiere-of-John-Paul-II-musical

Krakow to host world premiere of John Paul II musical
17.03.2014 09:50

Pope John Paul II. Photo: wikipedia Karol Wojtyla: The True Story begins with a depiction of the assassination attempt on the pope on St. Peter's Square on 13 May 1981.

However, the two-hour production will mainly deal with the future pontiff's rise to prominence in his native Poland.

“This is the story of the young Karol, his feelings, the war, his mother Emilia, his soldier father and his brother Edmund who he had to part with when he became a doctor,” revealed director Duccio Forzano.

“It's about everything that shaped Wojtyla up until the point when he realised the path he wanted to take.”

The score has been written by Noa, an Israeli pop star who knew the late pontiff. Noa sang a rendition of Ave Maria for the pope in 1994.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 17, 2014, 11:32:04 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/17/world/europe/pope-gun-hometown-museum/

Gun used in attempt to kill Pope John Paul II to go on display in hometown
March 17, 2014 -- Updated 1801 GMT

(CNN) -- The gun used in an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II is to be displayed in the late pontiff's childhood home in Poland, ahead of his expected canonization next month.

Italy's Justice Ministry has loaned the weapon, a Browning 9mm, to the John Paul II Museum in his hometown, Wadowice, for three years.

"It is a dark, dark object," the museum's director, Reverend Darius Ras, told CNN. "But it is important for the historical memory of events in the life of John Paul II."

Would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca used the firearm to shoot the then-Pope in the abdomen, arm and hand, as he was driven through St Peter's Square, Rome on May 13, 1981.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2014, 10:42:54 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20140319.htm#head2

NEWS BRIEFS Mar-19-2014
National shrine 'fitting tribute' to late pope, says USCCB president

 WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' March 19 designation of a center in Washington as the St. John Paul II National Shrine reflects U.S. Catholics' love for the late pope, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. As president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he signed the decree declaring the designation for the site of the former John Paul II Cultural Center. It takes effect April 27, the day Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. Liturgical celebrations, a reception and a gathering of young people will mark the occasion. "This national shrine is truly America's fitting tribute and remembrance of his legacy," Archbishop Kurtz said in a statement. The center, which first opened in 2001 as a cultural center, named for the pope, with a research component, museum and gallery, sits on 12 acres in Washington's northeast quadrant just steps from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America.  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 20, 2014, 07:57:21 PM
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/631913-floribeth-mora-says-her-life-was-saved-by-pope-john-paul-ii/ (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/631913-floribeth-mora-says-her-life-was-saved-by-pope-john-paul-ii/)

Floribeth Mora Says Her Life Was Saved by Pope John Paul II
By Associated Press | April 20, 2014
Last Updated: April 20, 2014 4:37 pm

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TRES RIOS, Costa Rica—On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

“Stand up,” Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. “Don’t be afraid.”

Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest of honor.

For Mora, the church-certified miracle was only the start of her metamorphosis from an ill and desperate woman into an adored symbol of faith for thousands of Costa Ricans and Catholics around the world.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 20, 2014, 08:03:36 PM
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/celebs-priests-flock-pope-john-paul-ii-musical-rome-n82106 (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/celebs-priests-flock-pope-john-paul-ii-musical-rome-n82106)

Celebs, Priests Flock to Pope John Paul II Musical in Rome
First published April 16th 2014, 11:59 am

ROME – Priests rubbed shoulders with celebs in designer clothes Tuesday night at the premiere of a musical based on the life of soon-to-be saint Pope John Paul II.

Italian VIPs barely managed to cut through the excited crowd as paparazzi flashbulbs fired. Inside the theater, people thronged the souvenir shop for coffee mugs bearing the iconic image of the late pontiff.

With Pope John Paul II set to be canonized as a saint on April 27, Pope-mania is in full swing in Rome – “Karol Wojtyla, the Opera Musical,” is just one of three musicals dedicated to the Catholic leader.

“We gave him the opportunity to get back on a theater stage,” Patrizia Barsotti, one of the show’s writers, told NBC News.

The Polish-born Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978 and led the Roman Catholic Church until his death in 2005 – the second-longest papacy in history. But in his youth he was an accomplished actor, playwright, poet and even contemplated a career in the theater.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2014, 01:34:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/22/blessed_john_paul_iis_polish_roots_:_courage_and_moral_strength_/en1-779146 (http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/22/blessed_john_paul_iis_polish_roots_:_courage_and_moral_strength_/en1-779146)

2014-04-22 12:45:34
Blessed John Paul II's Polish roots : courage and moral strength

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(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid . Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland.

As you'll discover in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors. Among them Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who specifies how .."Pope John Paul II put the Church on the map of the world and in the corridors of those who make policies as perhaps no other pope in our time...you know where he stands on major problems touching church and society...he is not afraid."

And certainly not some of those who personally knew him before he was elected Pope back in Poland. Among them a fellow school chum, a student of the future pope's at University, a personal friend and a Polish countess. All of whom recall the courage and moral strength of Karol Wojtyla both as a private and public figure. In a special way when he stood up to the repressive communist regime offering solidarity to those around him.

An impression of courage and moral strength reinforced by the Pope's own words which you can hear in this programme, such as when he denounced the injustice of poverty: "...the poor people ..poor in different ways, not only lacking food but also deprived of freedom and other human rights.. ", condemning those: " ...who take these goods away from them amassing to themselves the imperialistic monopoly of economic and political supremacy at the expense of others ..".Or again when he spoke of the importance of solidarity: .." for the disciple of Christ solidarity is a moral duty stemming from the spiritual union of all human beings who share a common origin, a common dignity and a common destiny ..".
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 10:38:27 PM
Video at the link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10790852/Huge-crowds-gather-in-Rome-for-canonisation-of-two-popes.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10790852/Huge-crowds-gather-in-Rome-for-canonisation-of-two-popes.html)

Huge crowds gather in Rome for canonisation of two popes
Crowd of a million people or more expected to witness Pope Francis make saints of two of his predecessors, in an event unprecedented in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church
6:58AM BST 27 Apr 2014

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Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 10:45:09 PM
Video at the link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/27/pope-catholic-canonization-saints/8257537/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/27/pope-catholic-canonization-saints/8257537/)

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II join ranks of saints
6:06 p.m. EDT April 27, 2014

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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 10:49:24 PM
Video at the link

http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/26/from-young-priest-to-saint-poland-remembers-pope-john-paul-ii/ (http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/26/from-young-priest-to-saint-poland-remembers-pope-john-paul-ii/)

From young priest to saint: Poland remembers Pope John Paul II
26/04 16:03 CET

Sunday’s canonisation of Pope John Paul II will carry a particular resonance in his native Poland – and especially in his hometown of Wadowice.

This is where Karol Wojtyla was baptised, where he went to school, where he played in school plays and where he served for a mass as an altar boy every day.

The Wojtyla family lived modestly, with their main source of income being the salary of the father, an officer in the military.

His mother, who took odd jobs as a tailor, died when he, the future pope, was 9 years old, and his elder brother followed 3 years later.

The home in Wadowice where the future pope grew up is now a museum visited by thousands of pilgrims. Refurbished in time for the canonisation, its re-opening earlier this month was attended by dignitaries including Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Many Polish people associate John Paul with inspiring the end of Moscow-imposed Communist rule.

“The pope … was a spiritual leader, but also a political leader. There’s no doubt that we ejected the Communists from power thanks to the fact that he mobilised us,” said Leokadia Tylek, visiting Wadowice.

Fifty kilometres to the northeast, Krakow is where John Paul served as priest and then archbishop before becoming pope.

Once installed in the Vatican, he always made sure to come back to the city during visits to Poland.
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Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 10:53:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoftCRiuPCY

Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
Streamed live on Apr 27, 2014 


On the Second Esater Sunday Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass for the Canonization of the Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II, St. Peter's Square.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on May 13, 2014, 01:25:50 PM
Audio at the link

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/05/13/saint__john_paul_ii_and__our_lady_of_fatima_/en1-788975 (http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/05/13/saint__john_paul_ii_and__our_lady_of_fatima_/en1-788975)

2014-05-13 14:34:25
Saint John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima

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(Vatican Radio) In 1917 while the rest of the world was at war in a tiny hamlet of the Portuguese countryside three young children had a vision of Our Lady. That apparition on the 13th May sparked off the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, an inspiration for millions to work and pray for peace.
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Among them Saint John Paul II who as we know believed it was through her intercession that his life was spared when he was shot at in Saint Peter's Square.

The last time he went to Fatima on pilgrimage was on the 13th May 2000 during the Jubilee Year when he entrusted the third millennium to her Immaculate heart.

Veronica Scarisbrick witnessed this event which was attended by the last of the shepherd children Lucia, who has since passed away. In this programme you can listen to a recording of her little voice as well as to one of a rather frail voice of John Paul II as he beatifies the other two children Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

On this occasion the Polish Pontiff asked his Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano to reveal the so called third secret of Fatima.

Listen to this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick : RealAudioMP3


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 21, 2014, 07:58:19 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/the-unknown-relic-of-st-john-paul-ii

The Unknown Relic of St. John Paul II
Rome,  October 21, 2014

On May 13, 1981, Anna Stanghellini, a nurse at the “Agostino Gemelli” Hospital, was working, as she did every day, in the surgery department. She didn’t know that at 5:19 pm that day Mehmet Ali Agca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II. She learned what happened in Saint Peter’s Square when the ambulance arrived at the hospital with the gravely wounded Pope on board.

The operating room was ready and, at 5:55 pm, doctors under the guidance of Professor Francesco Crucitti, were able to begin the operation. However, first it was necessary undress the Pope and, in order to not lose precious time, his cotton vest was cut and thrown on the floor along with the gauze soaked with blood. Seeing the vest, the nurse did not feel she should throw it away. First she wrapped it in a clean gauze, then in a white hand towel and put it in her locker, without saying anything to anyone. She kept it at home until the year 2000, when she decided to give this priceless gift to the Provincial House of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent of Paul.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 22, 2014, 09:07:06 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/universal-church-marks-first-feast-day-of-st-john

Universal Church marks first feast day of St. John Paul II
2014-10-22 Vatican Radio

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(Vatican Radio) The Universal Church is marking the first liturgical feast day of Saint John Paul II, Tuesday October 22. Poland’s greatest son led the Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. He was canonized along with Pope John 23rd earlier this year by Pope Francis. Prayer was the pillar that supported him throughout his life and pontificate.  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on November 10, 2014, 09:48:09 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/st-john-paul-ii-brought-us-hope-and-communism-collapsed

St. John Paul II Brought Us Hope and Communism Collapsed
Rome,  November 10, 2014

Twenty-five years after this historic event, ZENIT spoke with Piotr Nowina Kokopka, Poland’s ambassador to the Holy See. The ambassador talked about how he lived this event, and how St. John Paul II was a key figure in giving back hope to the Polish people.

ZENIT: How did you receive and live the news of the collapse of the Berlin Wall?

Ambassador Nowina: This happened in the first weeks of the non-Communist government of Poland, which only began on September 12, 1989. At that time, I was a Minister of State and the first visit to Poland from a world leader, Chancellor Helmut Kohl [from Germany] was taking place.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on December 26, 2014, 08:30:28 PM
http://www.catholicregister.org/item/19400-april-2-to-be-pope-john-paul-ii-day-in-canada

April 2 to be Pope John Paul II Day in Canada
By  Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News
December 18, 2014

OTTAWA - The bill to establish Pope John Paul II Day passed the Senate Dec. 16 and has received royal assent.

Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon introduced private member’s Bill C-266, an Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day, in 2011. The bill designates April 2 as Pope John Paul II Day, though does not make it a legal holiday or non-juridical day.

In a statement, Lizon described the passage of the bill as a “proud but very emotional moment.”

Lizon’s bill passed the House of Commons in the spring of 2013 with support from members of all three major political parties. But it faced some snags in the Senate due to concerns the bill was honouring a religious figure.

Lizon had argued Pope John Paul II’s legacy was far more than religious.

“Pope John Paul II’s work transcended so many boundaries,” said Lizon. “He promoted the values of peace and tolerance along with his strong stand against human rights violations. These are values that resonate deeply in our country and with Canadians. This was the motivation of this legislation.”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on December 27, 2014, 08:19:15 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-28/pope-john-paul-would-be-assassin-visits-his-vatican-tomb/5990056

Pope gunman Mehmet Ali Agca visits John Paul II's tomb in the Vatican
Posted about 4 hours ago  Sat 27 Dec 2014, 2:59pm

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Photo: Pope John Paul II gunman Mehmet Ali Agca carries white roses as he approaches the late pontiff's tomb in the Vatican (AFP: Adnkronos)

The Turkish man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II has laid flowers at the late pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

Mehmet Ali Agca arrived back in Rome unexpectedly and presented himself to police to declare his intention to lay the flowers.

"I felt the need to make this gesture," he told police, according to Italian media who had been tipped off in advance about his visit.

Agca's visit came exactly 31 years after John Paul visited him in prison in Rome to forgive him for the 1981 shooting that nearly killed the leader of the world's Catholics.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2015, 06:35:57 PM
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http://www.news.va/en/news/10-years-later-remembering-pope-john-paul-ii

10 years later – remembering Pope John Paul II
2015-04-02 Vatican Radio

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(Vatican Radio)  April 2nd is the 10th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul II, that unforgettable day in 2005 when the eyes of the world were fixed on the Vatican as the Polish Pope lived out his last hours on this earth. So, a decade later, how alive is the memory of Pope John Paul and what were his greatest achievements?  Those were the questions that Susy Hodges put to two interviewees. The first was George Weigel, a Catholic scholar and author who wrote a best-selling two volume biography about Pope John Paul II and who was given unprecedented access to the Polish Pope and those who knew him whilst researching his work. The second was Father Leszek Gesiak, the head of Vatican Radio’s Polish Section, who examines the lasting impact of one of the greatest figures in Poland’s history.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2015, 06:41:13 PM
http://time.com/3761743/pope-john-paul-ii-history/

How John Paul II Became One of the Longest-Tenured Popes Ever
10:30 AM ET

April 2, 2005: Pope John Paul II dies at age 84

Pope John Paul II’s death on this day, April 2, ten years ago, brought an end to the second-longest Papal term (26 years and change) since Peter’s reign. But it could have been much shorter if a trio of unrelated assassination plots had been successful.

The first nearly was: In May 1981, less than three years after John Paul was elected, he was shot by a Turkish terrorist while riding in an open Popemobile, greeting visitors in St. Peter’s Square. According to TIME’s account, “The Pope had apparently been hit by two bullets, fired from only a few yards away. One shattered the two joints of the ring finger of his left hand, ricocheted and grazed his right arm. The other blasted into his abdomen, passing completely through his body and ripping up the Pope’s intestines but narrowly missing his pancreas, abdominal aorta and spine.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2015, 06:49:53 PM
Remembering that day...  ::MonkeyTears::

https://cnsblog.wordpress.com/

St. John Paul II: His unforgettable legacy in pictures and words
Posted on April 1, 2015 by Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of faithful had come to St. Peter’s Square as Pope John Paul II lay dying, some staying all night in quiet and emotional vigils.

After an evening prayer service April 2, then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, who was a top official of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, announced to the crowd that the pope had died at 9:37 p.m and “returned to the house of the Father.”

Catholic News Service’s Rome bureau covered those events with dozens of in-depth and colorful accounts of how the Eternal City and the world came together to honor the end of a truly historic papacy.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of St. John Paul’s death, we’ve compiled a slideshow that hits the highlights of his prophetic and memorable life. Further below are links to a sample of standout CNS stories that offer an insightful recap of the impact this pope made on the church and the world.
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Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2015, 03:47:16 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/canada-celebrates-civil-holiday-honoring-john-paul-ii

Canada Celebrates Civil Holiday Honoring John Paul II
Toronto,  April 03, 2015

April 2, the day of the death of Saint John Paul II, is now civilly recognized in Canada as "Pope John Paul II Day." This year, the 10th anniversary of the saint's death, marked the first time for the celebration.

The Parliament of Canada last year passed Bill C-266 which received Royal Assent on December 16, 2014, recognizing Saint John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) joins all Canadians in honouring the memory of Pope John Paul II and celebrating this exceptional human being.

To mark the day, the Diocese of Hamilton prepared a special web page designed to promote and celebrate this commemorative day.
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Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2015, 02:06:25 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicnews/2015/04/relic-of-saint-john-paul-ii-makes-pilgrimage-to-cuba/

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba
April 15, 2015 by CNA Daily News

Havana, Cuba, Apr 15, 2015 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala.

As reported on the website of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relic consists of a small vial that contains a few drops of blood of the saint, gathered during his last stay in the hospital, a short while before his death on April 2, 2005 in Rome.

The relic was first venerated April 7-9 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, located in the city of Santiago de Cuba. It was then brought to Camaguey from April 10-12.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2015, 09:09:35 PM
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http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/st-john-paul-ii-accompanies-us-from-heaven

'St. John Paul II Accompanies Us From Heaven'
Vatican City,  April 27, 2015

In the ways of faith, hope and charity, Saint John Paul II continues to accompany us. This was the statement made Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz this morning at the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the one-year anniversary of the canonization of Pope John Paul II, reported Vatican Radio.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano presided over the Mass, which was attended by a large delegation of faithful from Krakow, Wojtyla's native diocese. Concelebrants included Cardinals Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Angelo Comastri, Leonardo Sandri, and Giovanni Battista Re.

In his homily, Cardinal Dziwisz, the saint's former secretary and confidant, spoke on JP II's lasting impact.

"Holiness is not a privilege reserved for only a few," but rather "the universal vocation of the People of God," the Polish cardinal stressed, pointing out how the Polish Pope was very aware of this, and lived his life accordingly.

John Paul II was "a man of prayer, contemplation and action" and of service, he stressed.

His love for Christ, the current Archbishop of Krakow underscored, "took the form of a tireless service to the Church and to the world."
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2015, 06:15:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/07/28/a_blessing_to_one_another_john_paul_ii_and_the_jews/1161399

A blessing to one another: John Paul II and the Jewish People
28/07/2015 14:35

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Pope John Paul II embraces Rome's chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at the end of a joint ceremony at a Synagogue in Rome
(VIS) “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening on Tuesday in the Vatican (Charlemagne Wing, 29 July to 17 September), previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where it received more than a million visitors.

The exhibition, presented as a gift to John Paul II for his 85th birthday, was inaugurated at the Xavier University of Cincinnati, Ohio, on 18 May 2005, just a month after the Pope's death. It then arrived in Rome, and while in Europe its organisers wanted it to visit Krakow, the Polish city where Karol Wojtyla was archbishop.

“A blessing to one another” describes the steps the Pontiff took to improve the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and reflects the continuing relevance of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”, issued fifty years ago, in which the Catholic Church expresses her appreciation for other religions and reaffirms the principals of universal fraternity, love and non-discrimination.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2016, 05:28:06 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/shedding-light-on-centesimus-annus

Shedding light on 'Centesimus Annus'
2016-04-15 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding a symposium this week to mark twenty five years since the publication of Saint John Paul II's social encyclical “ Centesimus Annus".

In an effort to find out more about this social encyclical  Veronica Scarisbrick speaks to a Professor of Social Teaching at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas here in Rome. He's Dominican Alejandro Crosthwaite:

It was 1987 when Pope John Paul II promulgated his social encyclical "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis". In this document he highlighted changing circumstances, both within the debtor nations and in the international financial market:"...At a time when  the instrument chosen to make a contribution to development had turned into a counterproductive mechanism. This because  debtor nations, in order to service their debt, found themselves obliged to export the capital needed for improving or at least maintaining their standard of living. And also because, for the same reason, they were unable to obtain new and equally essential financing.

Through this mechanism, the means intended for the development of peoples had turned into a brake upon development instead, and indeed in some cases even aggravated underdevelopment..."

So when John Paul II published his second social encyclical "Centesimus Annus "in 1991, as the title indicates a century after Leo XIII's "Rerum Novarum", he picked up on this same theme. Highlighting once again how the positive efforts which have been made along those lines are being affected by the still largely unsolved problem of the foreign debt of the poorer countries:"..  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2016, 05:30:47 PM
http://www.france24.com/en/20160430-john-paul-ii-superstar-poland-plans-papal-musical

30 April 2016 - 05H45
John Paul II Superstar: Poland plans papal musical

WARSAW (AFP) - 
It's a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II.

"We're trying to create something big," says the show's writer Michal Kaczmarczyk.

"We will tell his whole life story, from his infancy until his death."

Like many in Poland, 35-year-old Kaczmarczyk adored the pontiff, who was canonised a saint two years ago in April. He queued for 15 hours in Rome after John Paul's death in 2005 just for a chance to bow at his coffin.

Kaczmarczyk has penned the script and lyrics for "Karol", teaming up with hit-maker Filip Siejka to revisit Karol Wojtyla's life in musical form, from his boyhood to his rise to the top of the Roman Catholic Church.

Not only was John Paul the first non-Italian pontiff in four centuries but as a strong advocate for human rights, he was a source of strength for many behind the Iron Curtain and seen as a catalyst in the collapse of communism.

Due to premiere in February 2017 at the large Tauron Arena in Poland's second city Krakow, "Karol" could well prove a hit in a country where 90 percent of the residents are Roman Catholic. Promoters said 500 tickets have already been sold.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on May 13, 2016, 05:50:04 PM
https://twitter.com/FatherRosica
Thomas Rosica ‏@FatherRosica  · 10h  10 hours ago 

That day of infamy 35 years ago today in St. Peter's Square when Alia Agca tried to kill a saint & failed
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http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/st.-peters-square-may-13-1981
St. Peter's Square, May 13, 1981
Remembering the assassination attempt on Pope St. John Paul II 35 years on.

On a calm and sunny May afternoon 35 years ago this Friday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope St. John Paul II was driven into St. Peter’s Square to deliver his weekly catechesis.

He was going to talk about the role of work and workers to mark the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, and announce the creation of what would become the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (the full text of what he was going to say on that fateful day was published by Aleteia for the first time in English last week).

But at 5.19 p.m., Turkish gunman Ali Agca emerged from the adoring and excited crowd of pilgrims and opened fire on John Paul, shooting him four times. Agca threw his Browning 9mm pistol under a truck and tried to flee the scene but was swiftly grabbed by Vatican security chief Camillo Cibin, a nun and several pilgrims who prevented him from getting away.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on June 18, 2016, 05:40:30 PM
http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/mark-judge/liberating-continent-documentary-john-paul-ii-and-communism-airing-pbs-stations

'Liberating a Continent' - Documentary on John Paul II and Communism Airing on PBS Stations
By Mark Judge | June 17, 2016 | 11:43 AM EDT

"Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism," a new documentary film that depicts the role played by Pope John Paul II in the fall of Communism and the liberation of central and Eastern Europe, will be airing on local PBS stations throughout the summer.   

Upcoming dates are June 19 on KRBC in San Francisco and July 3 on WFYI in Indianapolis. "Additional markets throughout the United States will be announced on a rolling basis and it will continue to air throughout the coming year," Vanessa Santilli, the film's publicist, told CNSNews.
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http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4850/how_saint_john_paul_ii_conquered_communism.aspx
How Saint John Paul II Conquered Communism
June 16, 2016
The documentary "Liberating a Continent" is a subtly provocative refutation of what our secularized elites believe about what truly drives history and how Christianity impacts the world. 
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2016, 05:03:06 PM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/2016/07/16/shrine-dedicated-to-john-paul-ii-in-poland-finished-just-in-time-for-world-youth-day

Shrine dedicated to John Paul II in Poland finished just in time for World Youth Day
2016-07-16

After eight years of construction, the shrine dedicated to Pope John Paul II in Krakow is finished in time for the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who will venture to Poland later this July.

A statue of the late pope stands in the center, outside the church, welcoming all those to the Holy Door of Mercy with his famous words above the main door, "Have no fear! Open wide the door to Christ!”

Inside, the sanctuary is beautifully adorned with paintings and gold-trimmed mosaics representing the life of John Paul II and Gospel parables.

The idea for the center was proposed by Cardinal Stanisaw Dziwisz, the private secretary of John Paul II. He wanted to have a space built to remember the life of the Polish Pope in his home country, in the place where a young Karol Wojtya worked during World War II as a factory worker.

As a result, there are various relics and memorablia from the late saint, including an ampulla with his blood and one of his papal cassocks.

The John Paul II Shrine is not only limited to the Shrine, but includes the John Paul II Institute, outdoor Stations of the Cross, a volunteer center, a hotel and a pilgrim house, a retreat center, an amphitheatre, a rehabilitation centre, and a meditation and recreational park.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2016, 05:08:38 PM
Photos and video at the link

http://www.krakow-info.com/JPII-sanctuary.htm

John Paul II Sanctuary in Krakow

Krakow’s John Paul II Sanctuary

 Have No Fear! John Paul II Center in  Krakow is destined to be the main shrine to the saintly Pope who led the Catholic Church into its third millenium and made an indelible mark on the world. The vast complex has been designed to accommodate a number of Catholic institutions, such as a Volunteerism Center and the Institute of John Paul II, as well as churches and chapels. The center is conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous  Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 14, 2016, 09:41:11 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/10/13/the_saint_and_the_troubadour_john_paul_ii_and_dylan/1265021

The Saint and the Troubadour: John Paul II and Dylan
13/10/2016 17:51
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(Vatican Radio) US-born singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on Thursday was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Grammy award winning artist was recognized by the Nobel committee for having created "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." 

One of the more significant events of Dylan’s career was when he played for Pope St. John Paul II at the 23rd Italian National Eucharistic Congress in Bologna in 1997.

During the event, Dylan played the songs Blowin’ in the Wind, Knockin' on Heaven's Door and A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall; with Forever Young as an encore.

And this musical set was the basis of the remarks by St. John Paul II.

“A representative of yours has just said on your behalf that the answer to the questions of your life ‘is blowing in the wind’. It is true!” – said the Pope. –  “But not in the wind which blows everything away in empty whirls, but the wind which is the breath and voice of the Spirit, a voice that calls and says: ‘come!’

The then answered one of Dylan’s other most famous questions.

“You asked me: How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? I answer you: one! There is only one road for man and it is Christ, who said: ‘I am the way’ (Jn 14:6). He is the road of truth, the way of life,” the Pope continued.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 22, 2016, 05:53:04 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5144/How_St_John_Paul_II_changed_the_Church_and_the_world.aspx

How St. John Paul II changed the Church and the world
October 22, 2016
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Pope John Paul II prays at the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania, in 1993. Tens of thousands of crosses had been placed there by Lithuanians to mark the sufferings caused by deportation, imprisonment, and persecution. (CNS photo/Arturo Mari, L'Osserv atore Romano)

Today, we celebrate the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II, whose pontificate was the third-longest ever and who was canonized just nine years after his death, making his the shortest canonization cause in modern Church history. John Paul II was a pope who broke many other records. If we try to imagine what the world and the Church would be like today if on October 16, 1978, the College of Cardinals had elected someone else to lead the Barque of Peter, we would have a dramatically different reality. Here are just a few of the most important ways in which St. John Paul II changed the Church and the world forever.

He played a pivotal role in ending communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. John Paul II did not single-handedly defeat the Soviet empire. The Soviets’ internal economic decay, the bold leadership of Ronald Reagan, and the fact that the Soviets did not invade Poland in 1980 as they did Hungary in 1956 all were crucial factors that led to the reunification of Europe and the end of the Cold War. However, why did the end of European communism begin in Poland with the rise of Solidarity? It is a widely accepted historical fact that Pope John Paul II’s 1979 nine-day visit to his native Poland gave hope to his nation and inspired his countrymen to assertively fight for their rights. The documentary Nine Days That Changed the World does a beautiful job of showing the political impact of this visit. British historian Timothy Garton Ash, who covered the rise of Solidarity for the English-language press (and who himself regards himself as an “agnostic liberal”) has written: “I would argue the historical case in three steps: without the Polish Pope, no Solidarity revolution in Poland in 1980; without Solidarity, no dramatic change in Soviet policy towards Eastern Europe under Gorbachev; without that change, no velvet revolutions in 1989.”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on November 02, 2016, 04:37:44 PM
https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1994/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_19940522_ordinatio-sacerdotalis.html

APOSTOLIC LETTER
ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS
OF JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON RESERVING PRIESTLY ORDINATION
TO MEN ALONE



Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on December 16, 2016, 09:15:35 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/saint-john-paul-ii-documentary-takes-two-emmys-61236/

Saint John Paul II documentary takes two Emmys

Chicago, Ill., Dec 15, 2016 / 07:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Emmy Awards have gone to a documentary that shows St. John Paul II’s central role in the end of communism.

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism resulted an Emmy for outstanding achievement for documentary programs in the historical category. The award went to the documentary executive producer and Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson, along with producers Justyna Czyszek, Szymon Czyszek, David Naglieri, and Michele Nuzzo-Naglieri.   
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The Emmy Awards, announced Dec. 3, came from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, one of the academy’s largest chapters.

The 90-minute film, narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, uses rare archival footage and interviews with several heads of state. Other interviewees include papal biographer George Weigel; Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, emeritus Archbishop of Krakow, who served as St. John Paul II’s longtime assistant; and Richard Allen, former national security adviser to Ronald Reagan.

The documentary has been airing on public television across the U.S. in partnership with WTTW Chicago and the National Educational Telecommunications Association.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2017, 11:29:43 AM
February 11, 2017 Tweets
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Rocco Palmo ‏@roccopalmo  · 6h  6 hours ago 
Begun by JPII in his early years of illness, today's Lourdes feast marks church's 25th World Day of the Sick: http://bit.ly/2kgpBTx

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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2017, 10:16:20 PM
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/6928/0/our-lady-of-fatima-centenary-the-special-relationship-between-st-john-paul-ii-and-our-lady

Our Lady of Fatima centenary: The special relationship between St John Paul II and Our Lady
30 March 2017 | by Catholic News Service   
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The recently canonised pope always maintained that Our Lady of Fatima saved his life during an assassination attempt

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Fatima, in Portugal, in May to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions when three shepherd children reported seeing the Virgin Mary, Junno Arocho Esteves examines the special relationship between Our Lady of Fatima and St John Paul II


Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope's connection can match that of St. John Paul II. "We cannot forget that he was saved by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassination attempt here in St. Peter's. This is fundamental and central. It is never forgotten," Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, told Catholic News Service yesterday.

Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, shot Pope John Paul at close range as the pope was greeting a crowd in St Peter's Square on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima - 13 May 1981. Two bullets pierced the pope's abdomen, but no major organs were struck; a bullet had missed his heart and aorta by a few inches.

St John Paul would later say: "It was a mother's hand that guided the bullet's path."
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2017, 08:01:44 PM
http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/300821,12th-anniversary-of-death-of-Polish-Pope-marked-at-the-Vatican

12th anniversary of death of Polish Pope marked at the Vatican
02.04.2017 14:58
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Pope John Paul II. Photo: Todd Ehlers/Flickr.com

Polish religious devotees and Polish Church delegates to Rome and the Vatican took place in the religious service, which was held at the late Pope's grave.

Among the congregation was also Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who served John Paul II as papal master of ceremonies and Papal Almoner. He also served Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Today marks the 12th death anniversary of John Paul II, proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2017, 08:11:29 PM
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April 2, 2017
https://twitter.com/FatherRosica
Thomas Rosica‏ @FatherRosica · 20h  20 hours ago 

Today, on the anniversary of his death, a time to say once again: "Thank you John Paul II" @saltandlighttv
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Thank you John Paul II


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2017, 08:14:24 PM
Video at the link

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/new-book-reveals-soviets-behind-attempted-assassination-of-st.-john-paul-ii

New Book Reveals Soviets Behind Attempted Assassination of Pope St. John Paul II
May 2, 2017 

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new investigation is alleging the attempt to assassinate Pope St. John Paul II on May 13, 1981 was organized by the Soviets.

Paul Kengor — a Catholic professor of political science at Grove City College and a Ronald Reagan biographer — is revealing in his newly-released book, A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, that Soviet secret agencies planned the assassination attempt.

In an email to The Daily Signal, Kengor notes the Main Intelligence Directorate — Soviet Russia's foreign intelligence organization — conducted the operation with the assistance of the KGB and operatives in Bulgarian secret police. The KGB was headed at the time by Yuri Andropov — known as the Butcher of Budapest and leader of the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1983
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2017, 09:08:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/07/06/remembering_joaqu%c3%adn_navarro-valls_/1323466

Remembering Joaquín Navarro-Valls
06/07/2017 10:07
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Joaquin Navarro-Valls with Pope St. John Paul II in 1994

(Vatican Radio) The former Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, passed away on Wednesday, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Navarro trained as a medical doctor with a specialization in psychiatry, as well as in journalism, moving to Rome in the early 1970’s, becoming a foreign correspondent and eventually being elected president of the foreign press association in the city.

In 1984, he accepted an offer from Pope St. John Paul II to become the new head of the Press Office of the Holy See, a position he held until 2006. 

A statement on the website of Opus Dei, of which Navarro was a member, informs that a vigil is scheduled for Thursday, July 6, starting at 4pm in the sacristy of the basilica of the church of St. Eugene (Viale delle Belle Arti 10, Rome), and that Msgr. Mariano Fazio, Vicar General of the Prelature of Opus Dei, will celebrate a funeral Mass for him on Friday, July 7 at 11am Rome Time.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on November 01, 2017, 10:28:29 PM
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/7994/0/french-court-orders-cross-removed-from-john-paul-ii-statue

French court orders cross removed from John Paul II statue
30 October 2017 | by Tom Heneghan   
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PICTURE: The statue of John Paul II at Ploërmel ©Twitter

Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, denounced the ruling as “political correctness..terrorising Europeans in their everyday life”.

France’s top administrative court has ordered a town in Brittany to remove a cross from an arch over a statue of Pope John Paul II that it erected 11 years ago, saying it violates the country’s legal separation of Church and State.

The Council of State, ruling on an appeal of conflicting lower court decisions, gave the town of Ploërmel six months to remove the cross. It did not mention the statue itself, presumably because the late pontiff was a public figure.

A similar statue without a cross stands next to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and has not been challenged.

France’s 1905 law on laïcité bans any “religious sign or emblem” on a public monument or space. A local court ordered the removal of the cross in 2015 after a local secularist group sued, but a regional appeals court overturned the decision later that year.

Ploërmel’s mayor Patrick Le Diffon said the statue had wide popular support and was “an undeniable advantage for tourism”. He was reported to be considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights or reclassifying the square around the statue as a private space.
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The dispute has echoed as far as the late pope’s Polish homeland, where Prime Minister Beata Szydlo denounced the ruling as “political correctness..terrorising Europeans in their everyday life”.

“We propose to move it to Poland, if the French and local authorities agree,” she told the Polish Press news agency.


https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/remove-cross-on-top-of-john-paul-ii-memorial-french-court
Tue Oct 31, 2017 - 3:36 pm EST
Remove cross on top of John Paul II memorial: French court


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on December 18, 2017, 08:13:16 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/lessons-i-learned-from-st.-john-paul-ii

Vatican  |  Dec. 15, 2017
George Weigel Discusses His Lessons Learned From St. John Paul II
George Weigel, the late saint’s biographer, discusses his new book, Lessons in Hope, with the Register.

Edward Pentin

Pope St. John Paul II’s biographer, George Weigel, is well known for having written two seminal works on the late pontiff, but in a new book, he offers the reader something more: a behind-the-scenes, more-intimate portrait of the canonized Polish pope.

In Lessons in Hope, Weigel recounts his conversations with John Paul over a decade and a half, how he came to write the authoritative biography, and reflects on what he learned from the Polish saint.

On a visit to Rome, Weigel sat down with the Register’s Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to discuss how the hand of Providence was clear in bringing him and John Paul together in the mid-1990s.

He also discusses how the Pope gave “lessons in hope” — to make a difference, rather than surrendering to the mentality that things are the “way they are and you can’t do anything about it.”

The American biographer also shares an anecdote of being introduced to John Paul’s “spy in Russia” and what John Paul II would probably say of the situation in the Church today.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on January 09, 2018, 06:04:57 PM
http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/pope-john-paul-ii-statue-a-300th-birthday-gift-to-no/504958946

Pope John Paul II statue a 300th birthday gift to N.O.
7:16 PM. CST January 04, 2018
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A statue of St. Pope John Paul II was erected outside of the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans Thursday


It took a little over two hours Thursday to move two and a half tons of marble in position in front of St. Louis Cathedral. The ever-present brass bands in Jackson Square played under cold, sunny skies and the crowd that gathered to see what was inside the large wooden crates cheered when the special birthday gift finally made it to its final destination.

It is a newly-commissioned marble statue of St. Pope John Paul II, which will be officially unveiled Sunday outside of the cathedral. The statue was designed to both commemorate the pope's 1987 visit to the city and honor New Orleans' 300th birthday.
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The six-foot tall, life-sized likeness of Pope John Paul II, which features two children at his feet, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican last November.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond will officially unveil it and bless it after the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Louis Cathedral on Sunday.


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Post by: grace-land on March 03, 2018, 09:25:11 PM
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/french-courts-decision-forces-a-change-of-place-for-john-paul-ii-statue-30133

French court's decision forces a change of place for John Paul II statue

Paris, France, Mar 2, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of St. John Paul II will be removed from public land in a small French city, after a 2017 court order ruled its cross must be removed.

The statue, nearly 25 feet tall, portrays Pope Saint John Paul II praying beneath an arch adorned with a cross. Its Russian sculptor had given the statue to the town, and it was installed at a public car park in 2006.

Patrick Le Diffon, the mayor of Ploërmel, has sold the statue to the Catholic Church for about $24,000. The statue will be moved a few dozen yards down the street to a church-owned property neighboring a Catholic school, Agence France Presse reports. It will be visible there for residents and visitors to the small city in northwest France’s Brittany region.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2018, 09:20:24 PM
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Pope St. John Paul died on April 2, 2005
Video at the link

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/john-paul-ii-death-anniversary.html#play

Thirteenth death anniversary of Pope John Paul II
02 April 2018, 15:43

We bring you glimpses of the emotions in and around St. Peter’s Square as faithful and pilgrims from across the world reacted to the passing away of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2015

Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Elected in 1978, John Paul II’s 27-year papacy was the second longest in history.

John Paul II is credited with helping bring an end to communist rule. He played a significant role in improving the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion.

Pope St John Paul was a staunch defender of the Catholic Church’s position on a number of matters, but most especially on the value of life and the family.
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John Paul II was canonized in 2014, just 9 years after his death. His feast is celebrated on October 22 which is the day on which he was elected Pope.


Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2018, 08:17:43 PM
The English translation of the letter is at the link.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/never-before-published-letter-of-cardinal-wojtya-to-paul-vi-on-humanae-vita

Wed Jul 25, 2018 - 2:45 pm EST
Never before published letter of Cardinal Wojtyła to Paul VI on Humanae Vitae
Diane Montagna

ROME, July 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A letter that Cardinal Karol Wojtyła sent to Pope Paul VI in 1969, published here in full for the first time in English, underscores that Humanae vitae’s ban on contraception is an “infallible” and “irrevocable” teaching that the Church herself “has no power to change.”

According to Monsignor Livio Melina, tenured professor and former president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, Wojtyła’s letter to Paul VI is also decisive as it demonstrates that Humanae vitae “is not a matter of advice entrusted to the interpretation of conscience, but a binding doctrinal teaching.”

The letter was published for the first time in Italian earlier this year, as part of a new book by Fr. Paweł Stanisław Gałuszka, titled Karol Wojtyła and Humanae Vitae. The book examines the contribution that Karol Wojtyła and the Polish bishops made to the editing and reception of Humanae Vitae when Wojtyła was Archbishop of Krakow.

The book contains several never-before-published documents, including the letter Wojtyła sent to Paul VI in 1969, after numerous episcopates voiced their opposition to Humanae Vitae. In March, the book was launched at the Lateran University in Rome, with key Vatican figures in attendance.

Msgr. Melina, a highly regarded moral theologian and successor to the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra as president of the John Paul II Institute, wrote the preface to Gałuszka’s book.

In comments to LifeSiteNews, Melina explained that Wojtyła’s letter to Paul VI is decisive on three points:

First, that moral law and therefore also the norm of Humanae vitae [the ban on contraception] is the expression of a truth about good and not the arbitrary imposition of a legislator, so that the Church herself has no power to change it (against nominalistic legalism); second, that Humanae Vitae is an infallible and irrevocable teaching, by universal ordinary Magisterium, even if not by a solemn defining act (ex cathedra)”; and third, that Humanae Vitae is not a matter of advice, entrusted to the interpretation of conscience, but a binding doctrinal teaching.

Today’s publication of Cardinal Wojtyła’s 1969 letter to Paul VI comes as new facts emerge about the origins of Humanae Vitae. The recent findings, contained in a new book, The birth of an Encyclical: Humanae Vitae in the light of the Vatican Archives, are based on a “secret” Vatican commission’s investigation into archived documents relating to the preparatory work of the encyclical.

Its author,  Monsignor Gilfredo Marengo, is a member of the commission appointed by Pope Francis
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on August 10, 2018, 10:02:48 PM
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-08/veritatis-splendor-25-anniversary-tsakanikas.html

Reflections on 25 years of "The Splendor of Truth"
10 August 2018, 16:59

The Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of the encyclical “Veritatis splendor,” and reflects on the teaching of Saint John Paul II.
By Christopher Wells

On August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Church marked the 25th anniversary of Pope St John Paul II’s landmark encyclical, Veritatis splendor. St John Paul himself explained the reason for the encyclical: Although the Church has “at all times developed and proposed a moral teaching regarding the many different spheres of human life,” in our times, “it seems necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church’s moral teaching” which “risk being distorted or denied.”

To understand the main themes of Veritatis splendor, we spoke with Moral Theologian Dr Matthew Tsakanikas, the head of the Theology Department at Christendom College in the United States. Pope John Paul touches on many themes in the encyclical, he said, but went on to point out three of particular importance.
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on August 15, 2018, 08:56:42 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/why-john-paul-ii-created-the-world-meeting-of-families

Aug. 15, 2018
Why John Paul II Created the World Meeting of Families
COMMENTARY: The origins of the gathering are worth recalling.
Matthew E. Bunson

The year 1994 was a memorable one for the family — for negative reasons that ultimately catalyzed a great catechesis.

It began with the formal celebration by the United Nations General Assembly of the “International Year of the Family” under the theme, “Family: Resources and Responsibilities in a Changing World” with the motto: “Building the Smallest Democracy at the Heart of Society.”

The celebrations included various events to “express the diversity of individual preferences and societal conditions” in families and also set the table for the infamous International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo that brought together U.N. officials, first lady Hillary Clinton, radical environmentalists, feminists and abortion and population-control advocates to impose their vision of the culture of death on the world under the guise of reproductive rights, gender equity and sustainable population. The Vatican led the heroic and winning fight at the Cairo conference. But Pope St. John Paul II was not done. He welcomed the U.N. year, but he also shrewdly understood the opportunity that the occasion presented to offer the world a clearer vision of the authentic family as the foundation for civilization. Not by accident, then, 1994 also marked the birth of the World Meeting of Families that will be held for the ninth time this year in Dublin Aug. 21-26 with the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” (see story).

Given the controversy surrounding certain issues and themes taking place at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, the origins of the World Meeting are especially worth recalling.

The Vision of John Paul II
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 12, 2018, 09:32:48 PM
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http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/john-paul-iis-warning-on-final-confrontation-with-the-anti-church

Oct. 5, 2018
John Paul II’s Warning on ‘Final Confrontation’ With the ‘Anti-Church’

COMMENTARY: It seems more likely now that we are indeed facing, as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla said in 1976, the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.
Paul Kengor

A remarkable gathering took place in the nation’s capital Sept. 26. In two locations, the John Paul II Shrine on the campus of The Catholic University of America and the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, more than 500 people convened for a conference honoring Pope St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how these two men changed the world for the better.
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Near the end of his visit, in September, Cardinal Wojtyla shared some striking words. The exact provenance of those words remains elusive to scholars, though they were reported in The Wall Street Journal as having been delivered by the future pontiff in his final speech in the United States before his departure. In one particularly dramatic passage, reprinted by the Journal Nov. 9, 1978 (shortly after he became pope), Karol Wojtyla stated:

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but, in a sense, a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations.”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 16, 2018, 02:29:18 PM
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-10/pope-francis-john-paul-ii-left-an-indelible-mark-on-the-church.html

Pope Francis: John Paul II left an indelible mark on the Church
16 October 2018, 08:43
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The election of Pope St John Paul II
The Pontiff writes a letter to the Bishop of Alba, on the occasion of a Conference held on 13 October for the 40th anniversary of Karol Wojtyla's election to the Chair of Peter.
By Barbara Castelli

“I wish to express my appreciation for the cultural and pastoral initiatives promoted by the diocese of Alba in order to remember the teachings and the exemplary nature of life” of Saint John Paul II, who “left an indelible mark on the Church and on society”. Those are the words of Pope Francis in a letter addressed to the Bishop of Alba, Marco Brunetti, on the occasion of a conference on the 40th anniversary of Karol Wojtyla's election to the Chair of Peter.
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Post by: grace-land on October 16, 2018, 04:25:07 PM
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https://zenit.org/articles/feature-cardinal-schonborn-tells-zenit-why-the-young-people-loved-john-paul-ii-so-much/

FEATURE: Cardinal Schönborn Tells Zenit Why the Young People Loved John Paul II So Much
October 16, 2018 11:31•Deborah Castellano Lubov

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has shared the “unanimous” response as to why young people loved St Pope John Paul II so much.

In an interview with Zenit in the Vatican, the Archbishop of Vienna reflected upon the Polish Pontiff for the 40th Anniversary of his election, and on a question of how the saint was able to be loved by millions of young people worldwide, but still always retaining and promoting Church teaching so clearly and effectively.

Today, October 16, 2018, marks this 40th Anniversary of Karol Wojtyla as Pope.

Asked how, given this, the Church today can embrace the model of JPII shown during his pontificate, the Austrian Cardinal responded: “I remember when he had died and his body was exposed in the Basilica in the Vatican in St. Peters, 4 million people passed in prayer one after another, and to see his body and pray.”

“Four million. They had to wait up to 15 hours, on lines that seemed never to end, he said. “The whole Via della Conciliazione was full of those waiting, for this little moment, to see him for the last time.”

“With the red cap,” Cardinal Schönborn said smiling touching his head, “I had the privilege to pass privately, and not wait 15 hours.”

“But,” the Archbishop of Vienna said, “I took the occasion to ask young people why do you stay here for hours, some all night, to just have a glimpse, a short moment then to see for the last time John Paul.”

“The answer,” Cardinal Schönborn stated, “was absolutely unanimous, some with tears: we have lost a father.”
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Title: Re: Pope John Paul II
Post by: grace-land on October 22, 2018, 09:07:35 PM
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-10/pope-francis-feast-john-paul-ii-october-22.html

Pope Francis prays at St. John Paul II’s tomb on feast day
22 October 2018, 15:58
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Pope Francis praying at the tomb of St.John Paul II on October 22, 2018.   (ANSA)
The feast of St. John Paul II is marked on October 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate.

Pope Francis on Monday stopped by briefly to pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica on the day the Catholic Church marks the feast day of his predecessor.

Traditionally, the feast of a saint is celebrated on the anniversary of his/her death, the day the person left for his/her eternal abode.  However, in the case of Pope John Paul II, his feast was fixed for October 22,  when his pontificate was officially inaugurated.

John Paul II of Poland was elected on October 16, 1978, becoming the first Slav pope and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years since Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523.   

Six days later, on October 22, he inaugurated his pontificate with a solemn High Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.
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