Imagine millions of Catholics everywhere you turn. Flags flying, chants echoing through the streets, Pope Francis buzzing through the crowds. Imagine the zeal for Christ, the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit in the air, the celebration of the Catholic—the universal—faith.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square and around their television sets to pray for Pope John Paul II as he passed away on April 2, 2005. They remembered the more than 26 years he served as the Holy Father; the courage he had in fighting communism; his immense love; and his adventurous spirit.
A tribute to John Paul II's "Letter to Artists", as read by students at John Paul the Great Catholic University. This video was posted in April 2014, to commemorate his canonization to sainthood, and as a gift to Christian artists throughout the world. Many of the students reading are film, gaming, or acting students who have taken up the Pope's invitation to pursue the arts.
In response to recent headlines, Jason Evert explains the story behind Pope St. John Paul II’s letters to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, a married Polish philosopher and friend of the pope before and during his papacy. Jason points out that—despite what our oversexualized culture would have us think—it is possible to have a genuine, chaste friendship with someone of the opposite sex. As Pope St. John Paul II said, “God uses human friendship to lead hearts to the source of divine charity.”
I met a man with Parkinson’s’ Disease last week. He lay sunken into his hospital bed, face blank as he watched the tiny television screen in the corner. Slowly, he was helped to his feet.
Pope John Paul II was one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century, revered by millions and made a saint in record time, just nine years after he died. The BBC has seen letters he wrote a Polish-born philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, that shed new light on his emotional life.
Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary. “The teaching of the magisterium of the Church and of John Paul II is always current,” said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv.
On 22 October the Church celebrates the feast day of Saint John Paul II, patron of World Youth Day! To celebrate this feast day, take a look at this awesome footage of his visit to Australia in 1986.
Anita Parker, Director of Perth Catholic Youth Ministry explains the impact Saint Pope John Paul ll has had on youth.
In this video we explore what it meant for the Polish people to have one of their own countrymen elected as Pope. We hear from Fr George Kolodziej SDS, who was a young boy living in Poland at the time who describes what he remembers on the historic day when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul ll.
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