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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

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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 »

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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 »

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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

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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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« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2020, 08:37:43 PM »

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Pope Francis to publish a book with reflections on St. John Paul II
By Courtney Mares

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St. John Paul II to be published in Italian.

The book, entitled "St. John Paul the Great," is the product of a series of conversations between Pope Francis and Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco which took place from June 2019 to January 2020, according to its preface.

The book is expected to be published sometime ahead of the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla on May 18.

When Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978, a 41-year-old Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was serving as the provincial superior of the Jesuits in Argentina. Pope John Paul II appointed Bergoglio to be an auxiliary bishop in 1992, elevating him to become Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and creating him a cardinal in 2001. Pope Francis canonized St. John Paul II in 2014.

The book’s co-author, Fr. Epicoco, 39, has written two dozen books on spirituality since his ordination in 2005, including “John Paul II: Memories of a Holy Pope” which he wrote with Archbishop Piero Marini in 2014. Epicoco is a professor of philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and offers numerous lectures and spiritual retreats throughout Italy.
 
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« Reply #88 on: March 07, 2020, 11:17:37 AM »

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https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/02/29/copy-of-john-paul-iis-famous-jubilee-vestment-displayed-in-rome/

Copy of John Paul II's famous Jubilee vestment displayed in Rome
2020/02/29

It's been 20 years since Pope John Paul II inaugurated the Great Jubilee Year to usher in the third millennium. Perhaps even more than his words that day, it was his brilliant cloak that struck the world.

Today, a replica of the vestment, known as a cope, can be found in this showroom, a stone's throw from St. Peter's Basilica. It's called X Regio, whose three-man team was also responsible for making the original garment.
 
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« Reply #89 on: April 01, 2020, 12:57:52 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/pope-francis-jesus-is-our-faithful-friend-general-audience.html

Pope: Jesus is a faithful friend, He accompanies and never disappoints
01 April 2020, 15:30

During the General Audience on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus is a faithful friend, and invites us to call on the intercession of Pope Saint John Paul II.
By Alessandro di Bussolo

In his greetings at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis recalled that Jesus is a faithful friend. He said Jesus accompanies us and never disappoints us. In His cross we find "support and comfort in the midst of life's tribulations", the Pope said. Therefore, he invited us to entrust ourselves to the intercession of Saint John Paul II, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of his death.

Jesus is the faithful friend "who fills our lives with happiness, even in difficult times", who "accompanies us and never disappoints". In Him and with Him we are not alone. In His cross our hearts find "support and comfort in the midst of life's tribulations". It was with these words of encouragment that Pope Francis greeted the faithful of different language groups, following his General Audience through various media platforms.

At the beginning of his greeting to the Polish-speaking faithful, the Pope reminded them that today, people are living more and more in fear, “threatened to the very core of their existence”. “I invite you to turn your thoughts to Christ”, the Pope said. “Know that you are not alone. He accompanies you and never disappoints you". He then invited them at this difficult time to entrust themselves to the "Divine Mercy and the intercession of Saint John Paul II, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of his death", which falls tomorrow, April 2.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-04/cardinal-comastri-interview-pope-saint-john-paul-ii-anniversary.html
Cardinal Comastri: Pope St John Paul II transformed his cross into love
01 April 2020, 12:00
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Pope's General Audience of 1 April 2020
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/papal-audience/2020-04/pope-francis-general-audience-1-april-2020.html
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« Reply #90 on: April 02, 2020, 11:37:35 AM »

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Remembering John Paul II's final hours, 15 years later
2020/04/02
 
While St. Peter's Square currently looks like this, April 2, 2005, it was like this.

“May our prayerful silence accompany these first moments of the Holy Father John Paul II with Christ in Heaven.”

John Paul II's health began to decline two months earlier, on the night of Feb. 1, 2005, when he was urgently hospitalized at Gemelli Hospital.

He had breathing difficulties, the flu, and a swollen throat.

For a few weeks, this hospital in Rome became a pilgrimage destination. Hundreds of people visited, just to be near to him. John Paul II greeted them often from the 10th floor window of the clinic.

At the end of February, they did an emergency tracheotomy. He couldn't speak, but he did not stop seeing pilgrims.
 
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« Reply #91 on: May 06, 2020, 03:06:35 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-hails-st-john-paul-ii-as-a-great-witness-of-faith-58171

Pope Francis hails St. John Paul II's 'great witness' ahead of centenary
By Courtney Mares

Vatican City, May 5, 2020 / 11:00 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis said that he has looked up to St. John Paul II throughout his priesthood in a book foreword he wrote ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the Polish pope’s birth.

“St. John Paul II was a great witness of faith … Many times, in the course of my life as a priest and bishop I have looked to him, asking in my prayers for the gift of being faithful to the Gospel as he witnessed to us,” Pope Francis wrote in the forward of a recently published Italian book.

The book, “St. John Paul II: 100 Years. Words and images”, is being issued by the Vatican Publishing House to mark the centenary of Karol Wojtyła’s birth on May 18, 1920.

In his five-page foreword, Pope Francis wrote that St. John Paul II was “a great man of prayer who lived completely immersed in his time and constantly in contact with God, a sure guide for the Church in times of great change.”
 
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« Reply #92 on: May 07, 2020, 05:28:36 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/st-john-paul-iis-parents-sainthood-cause-has-officially-opened-69386

St. John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cause has officially opened

CNA Staff, May 7, 2020 / 07:00 am MT (CNA).- The sainthood causes of St. John Paul II’s parents were formally opened in Poland Thursday.

A ceremony launching the causes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II’s birthplace, May 7.

At the ceremony, the Archdiocese of Kraków officially formed the tribunals that will seek evidence that the Polish pope’s parents lived lives of heroic virtue, enjoy a reputation for holiness and are regarded as intercessors.

After the tribunals’ first session, Kraków Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski presided at a Mass, which was broadcast via livestream amid Poland’s coronavirus lockdown. 
 
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« Reply #93 on: May 12, 2020, 02:15:58 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-francis-jpii-centenary-last-santa-marta-mass-live.html

Pope to celebrate Mass for JPII centenary on 18 May, cease live-broadcast of daily Mass
12 May 2020, 18:13

On Monday, 18 May, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II for the 100th anniversary of his birth. As of that date, the Pope will no longer live-stream his daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.
By Andrea Tornielli

Pope Francis’s morning Mass on Monday, 18 May, will be the last in a series that has daily accompanied millions of people around the world for more than two months.

Public Masses in Italy are being allowed to resume that same day. On that occasion, the Pope has decided to interrupt the live broadcast of his morning Mass.

The last Mass will be a special one, because 18 May also marks the 100th anniversary of Karol Wojtyla’s birth. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the altar over the tomb of his predecessor.

Pope St. John Paul II was born in 1920, elected Bishop of Rome in 1978, died in 2005, and canonized in 2014.
 
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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/a-saint-and-his-family.html

A Saint and his family
14 May 2020, 12:30

Unshakable faith in the Lord, devotion to Mary, the spirit of sacrifice, the commitment to one’s neighbour, even at the risk of one’s own life. In his own family, Karol Wojtyła encountered all those characteristics that were then developed in his own life, and in an extraordinary way, in his Pontificate.
By Alessandro Gisotti

In his “service to the People of God, Saint John Paul II was the Pope of the family”. These words of Pope Francis during the canonization of Karol Wojtyła and Angelo Roncalli on April 27, 6 years ago, have a special meaning today as we approach the centenary of the birth of the holy Polish Pope. In fact, celebrating the beginning of his earthly life naturally leads us to want to “meet” his family, to try to discover the “secret” of his parents. Their cause for canonization began last week in Poland. Simply reading the basic biographical data of his mother, Emilia, and father, Karol, after whom he was named, one can understand how deeply their witness impacted the personality of the future Pope. Without a doubt, it can be said that the pillars of his priestly, and then pastoral, ministry first as the Archbishop of Krakow, and then as Bishop of Rome, were laid down in the early years of his life in Wadowice, a small town in the far south of Poland, where he was born on 18 May 1920.
 
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« Reply #95 on: May 15, 2020, 06:00:49 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-mercy-jpii-birth-centenary.html

The Pope emeritus’ words on mercy in Saint John Paul II
15 May 2020, 11:30

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI sends a letter to the Bishops of Poland for the birth centenary of his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II.
By Vatican News

"The whole of the Pope’s life was centered on subjectively assimilating the objective center of the Christian faith – the teaching of salvation – and allowing others to accept it.”
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI wrote those words in a letter for the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvi-hails-john-paul-ii-as-liberating-restorer-of-church-26535
Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

CNA Staff, May 15, 2020 / 03:00 am MT (CNA).- John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI has said in a letter marking the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth.

In a message to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, John Paul II’s personal secretary, the Pope emeritus said that the Polish pope had faced “an almost impossible task” when John Paul was elected to the papacy in 1978.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-benedict-xvis-letter-marking-st-john-paul-iis-birth-centenary-20198
Full text: Benedict XVI's letter marking St. John Paul II's birth centenary

Vatican City, May 15, 2020 / 03:10 am MT (CNA).- Here is the full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The English translation of this letter, dated May 4, was released May 15 by the Polish bishops' conference:

100 years ago, on May 18th, Pope John Paul II was born in the small Polish town of Wadowice.
 
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« Reply #96 on: May 15, 2020, 06:07:02 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/polish-bishops-issue-letter-for-saint-pope-john-paul-ii-centenary-full-text/

Polish Bishops Issue Letter for Saint Pope John Paul II Centenary (Full Text)
‘Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.’
May 15, 2020 17:42  Paweł Rytel-Andrianik  Episcopal Conferences

In this difficult time for us all – when we struggle with the coronavirus pandemic and question the future of our families and society – it is worth asking what he would he say to us today? What message would speak to us his countrymen in May 2020? First come to our minds these words which he spoke to us in the homily inaugurating his pontificate. “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ,” emphasizes the Praesidium of the Polish Bishops’ Conference in a letter on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II.

The letter of the Praesidium of the Polish Episcopate will be read in churches on Sunday, May 17, on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope. The bishops recall, among others, the words that St. John Paul II said in his homily beginning his pontificate in 1978: “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization, and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows +what is in man+. He alone knows it”. “Yes, Christ knows, what each of us carries within ourselves, He perfectly knows our joys, worries, hopes, fears, and yearnings. Only he can answer the question, which we ask ourselves today,” they wrote.
 
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« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2020, 06:17:02 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/anniversary-special-100-ways-pope-saint-john-paul-ii-changed-the-world/

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: 100 Ways Pope Saint John Paul II Changed the World
Book by Patrick Novecosky Who Knew Polish Saint Makes You Know Him Better Too
May 15, 2020 07:16  Deborah Castellano Lubov

How can one possibly try to wrap their mind around, somewhat rapidly, the countless ways a beloved pontiff, genius, and now saint, changed the world during his 26-year pontificate that drew with a close on April 2, 2005, on Divine Mercy Sunday?

A new work by Patrick Novecosky, titled ‘100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World,’ and published by Our Sunday Visitor, seeks to do just that, and does so as Monday, May 18, marks the 100 year anniversary of the Polish Pontiff’s birth.

The American Catholic communicator who has traveled to 26 countries, met Pope St. John Paul II five times, often in private venues in Rome, and is a husband and father of five. The award-winning journalist has edited and written for some of America’s top Catholic publications and has been published in five languages. Patrick is Managing Partner at NovaMedia a public relations firm specializing in the Catholic space.

Shattering the Mold

In his book, he examines in one or two pages per chapter, the mystical beloved Pope’s remarkable and difficult upbringing. Remembering his friendships, and unforgettable, as well as less known, moments, it also examines his impact on the world, including being an incredibly important force in the eventual collapse of Communism in Poland and Eastern Europe.
 
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« Reply #98 on: May 15, 2020, 06:26:30 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/john-paul-ii-family-home-museum-documents-life-of-polish-pontiff.html

John Paul II Family Home Museum documents life of Polish Pontiff
15 May 2020, 12:29

Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope, the archivist of the John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice encourages everyone to discover it online.
By Vatican News

Karol J. Wojtyła, known as Pope Saint John Paul II, was born on 18 May 1920 in a modest apartment in Wadowice, a small city about fifty kilometres from Krakow, Poland. The Wojtyła family lived in this home from 1919 – 1938, when Karol was eighteen years old.

Today, that building on Kościelna Street is the John Paul II Family Home Museum, which attracts approximately 250,000 visitors annually. It was opened on 12 April 2010 by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Małopolska region, the Wadowice Township and the Archdiocese of Krakow.

In an interview with Vatican News, the archivist of the John Paul II Family Home Museum, Artur Oboza speaks more about the memorial.
 
The archivist encourages everyone to visit the Museum’s website where further information can be found.
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John Paul II Family Home Museum:  https://homejp2.com/
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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-saint-john-paul-ii-a-man-attached-to-prayer.html

Pope Saint John Paul II: A man attached to prayer
18 May 2020, 10:57

In an interview, Polish Cardinal and personal secretary to Pope Saint John Paul II, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, speaks on the personality of the saint.
By Vatican News

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope Saint John Paul II. Pope Francis, on Monday morning, celebrated Mass at the altar where the saint is entombed in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Saint John Paul II was elected Pope by the second papal conclave of 1978 which was called after the death of Pope John Paul I who died after a brief pontificate. Saint John Paul II’s papacy lasted from 1978 to 2005.

In an interview with Vatican News, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, personal secretary to Pope Saint John Paul II, and Archbishop Emeritus of Krakow, Poland, speaks about his experience of living and working with the saint.
 
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