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« Reply #80 on: March 21, 2019, 08:33:33 PM »

https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2019/polish-cardinal-st-john-pauls-aide-defends-pontiffs-record-on-abuse.cfm

Polish cardinal, St. John Paul's aide, defends pontiff's record on abuse
By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service
3.21.2019 10:11 AM ET

CNS photo/Tom Tracy
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope's handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and denied accusations that he ignored the problem during his 27-year pontificate.

"Emerging opinions that John Paul II was sluggish in guiding the church's response to sexual abuse of minors by some clerics are prejudicial and contrary to historical facts -- the pope was shocked and had no intention of tolerating the crime of pedophilia," said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was the pontiff's personal secretary for 39 years.

St. John Paul saw how local churches "dealt with emerging problems and gave help when necessary, often at his own initiative."

The 79-year-old cardinal, who retired in 2016 after 11 years as archbishop of Krakow, was reacting to media criticisms that the Polish pontiff failed to confront abuse claims when they became widespread in the 1980s.

In a March 20 statement to Poland's Catholic Information Agency, KAI, he said the pope had concluded "new tools were needed" when the abuse crisis "began to ferment" in the United States.

He added that the saint had given church leaders new powers to combat it, including indults, or special licenses to ensure "a policy of zero tolerance," for the U.S. and Irish churches in 1994 and 1996.
 
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« Reply #81 on: April 27, 2019, 08:26:26 PM »

https://cruxnow.com/sponsored/2019/04/27/at-jpii-national-shrine-late-popes-face-reflected-in-his-people/

At JPII National Shrine, late pope’s ‘face’ reflected in his people
Jose Cortes   Apr 27, 2019

Father Karol Nędza of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine gives benediction during the 2017 feast day celebration. (Credit: Saint John Paul II National Shrine.)
On April 27, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, together with more than one billion Catholics worldwide, celebrates the fifth anniversary of the canonization of Saint John Paul II. It has been five years since the entire Catholic Church began venerating the pope of the family as a saint.

Every saint opens a new window in heaven that brings God’s light to the world. Every saint has a mission that begins on earth and reaches fulfillment in heaven. For example, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux wrote, “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.”

During the homily of the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II, the then Cardinal Ratzinger said, “We can be sure that our beloved Pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us.”
 
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« Reply #82 on: May 30, 2019, 07:46:23 PM »

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-europe/2019/05/30/dziwisz-thanks-francis-for-putting-an-end-to-attempts-to-discredit-jpii/

Dziwisz thanks Francis for ‘putting an end’ to attempts to discredit JPII
Elise Harris   May 30, 2019

(Credit: CNS/Marcin Mazur, Bishops Conference of England and Wales.)
ROME - Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz has issued a letter thanking Pope Francis for recent comments defending the late Saint John Paul II’s holiness and his handling of the case of Mexican abuser priest Marcial Maciel.

Dziwisz, who himself faces pressure over his role in accomodating ex-cardinal and ex-priest Theodore McCarrick’s rise through ecclesial ranks, in a May 29 letter thanked Francis for “putting an end to attempts to defame the Polish Pope, saying that no one can doubt the holiness of John Paul II.”

His comments follow those made by Francis himself during a lengthy interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki, a longtime Vatican correspondent for Mexico’s Televisa.
 
During the interview, Francis praised the efforts of both John Paul II and retired Pope Benedict XVI in the investigation into allegations against Maciel, the infamous founder of the Legionaries of Christ who in 2006 was removed from ministry after being found guilty by the Vatican of leading a double life, including sexually abusing minors.

“In that, Ratzinger was brave. And John Paul II,” Francis said, saying that regarding John Paul, certain attitudes must be understood, “because he came from a closed world, the iron curtain, communism was still in force there…and there was a defensive mentality, or that he knew a thousand things from that world.”

“We have to understand well, no one can doubt the sanctity and goodwill of this man. He was great, a great man,” Francis said.
 
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« Reply #83 on: June 04, 2019, 11:16:27 PM »

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/02/trump-hails-pope-john-paul-for-helping-tear-down-iron-curtain-of-communism/

Trump Hails Pope John Paul for Helping Tear Down ‘Iron Curtain of Communism’
by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.  2 Jun 2019

President Donald Trump commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s first trip to Poland, calling him Sunday “a champion for human dignity and religious liberty.”

In a Presidential Message released on June 2 “in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland,” Mr. Trump said that St. Pope John Paul II’s nine-day visit to Poland in 1979 “changed the course of history.”

“As we remember the long struggle of the Polish people against communism, we also acknowledge that millions of people now live in freedom because of St. Pope John Paul II and his extraordinary life as a follower of Jesus Christ and a champion for human dignity and religious liberty,” the president said in his message.
 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-commemoration-40th-anniversary-pope-john-paul-iis-first-pilgrimage-poland/
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Presidential Message in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland
Issued on: June 2, 2019
 
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« Reply #84 on: October 11, 2019, 09:51:32 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/every-page-was-an-act-of-prayer-new-manuscript-reveals-devotion-of-future-pope-99070

'Every page was an act of prayer': New manuscript reveals devotion of St. John Paul II

Image of Italian language edition of Christ, the Church and the World: Catechesis of the Areopagus. Credit: Vatican Media
By Courtney Grogan

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2019 / 08:05 am (CNA).- Newly published manuscripts belonging to Karol Wojtyła have offered a glimpse into the future pope and saint’s deep devotion and prayer throughout his writing process.

The 39 handwritten pages contain Wojtyła's reflections on St. Paul’s Areopagus address to the Athenians described in the Acts of the Apostles. It is believed that these meditations and catecheses were written in or shortly after 1965, while Wojtya was Archbishop of Krakow. He was made a cardinal in 1967 and elected pope in 1978.

On each page, Wojtyła wrote a little prayer in Latin on the top right corner, such as “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (Come Holy Spirit) and “Adoro te devote latens Deitas” (I devoutly adore you hidden God), a Eucharistic Hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas.

On the top of the first page he wrote, in Latin, the full quote of St. Louis de Montfort from which he had taken his episcopal motto, Totus Tuus: “I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”

The writings have been published in a book titled “Christ, the Church and the World: Catechesis of the Areopagus.”
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/polish-bishops-open-beatification-process-for-parents-of-st-john-paul-ii-66030
Polish bishops open beatification process for parents of St John Paul II

Credit: Archidiecezja Krakowska
Krakow, Poland, Oct 10, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Polish bishops’ conference has agreed to begin the canonization process for the parents of Saint John Paul II.

The Polish episcopate made the announcement Oct. 10, setting in motion the first steps for the beatification of John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyla, and mother, Emilia nee Kaczorowska.
 

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« Reply #85 on: October 22, 2019, 07:40:05 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/polish-bishops-call-for-john-paul-ii-to-be-named-a-doctor-of-the-church-80686

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

Poznan, Poland, Oct 22, 2019 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The Polish Bishops’ Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor of the Church.

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish Bishops Conference, sent the request to the pope on Oct. 22 - the feast day of John Paul II.

“The pontificate of the Pope from Poland was filled with groundbreaking decisions and significant events that changed the face of the papacy and influenced the course of European and world history,” he said, according to Zenit.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former archbishop of Krakow and a close friend of John Paul II, supported the request during a conference held by the “Europa Christi” movement, which took place at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw from Oct. 19-23.
 
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« Reply #86 on: November 30, 2019, 11:13:19 AM »

https://cruxnow.com/faith/2019/11/new-book-on-the-rosary-highlights-st-john-paul-iis-devotion-to-it/

New book on the rosary highlights St. John Paul II’s devotion to it
Mark Pattison  Nov 30, 2019
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - If the use of the rosary as a devotion fell off at some point in the past, that’s not the case now, according to Gretchen R. Crowe, Our Sunday Visitor’s editorial director for periodicals.

Under St. John Paul II, “we saw a real resurgence in praying the rosary,” said Crowe, author of “Praying the Rosary With St. John Paul II.” “He had such a great devotion to this Marian prayer that he inspired an entire generation of Catholics to come back to the rosary.”

Crowe added, “I think there’s a great power to the rosary, a great devotion to the rosary. I think John Paul exemplified that. I want to do, and try, everything I can, to help people reclaim that great gift of the rosary.”

The book, published Oct. 4, includes chapters for each set of mysteries - Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous, the last developed by the Polish-born pope - and each mystery contains a biographical note about St. John Paul as well as words from his writings or speeches.
 
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