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The Final Hours of Pope John Paul II
Last edited 31st March 2015

This was the last time that Pope John Paul II appeared in St. Peter's Square. It was Wednesday, March 30, 2005. He was very weak and unable to speak. Two months earlier, doctors performed a tracheotomy on him. That was followed by two serious infections. Locals knew that his hours were numbered. Many decided to spend the night outdoors in Saint Peter's Square to show support and be near him. The end was imminent. Inside his room, the Pope said goodbye to his closest confidants.


Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women, 1995
Last edited 9th March 2015

I greet you all most cordially, women throughout the world!

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John Paul II 'Taught Me How to be a Person,' Secretary Recounts
Last edited 28th October 2014

Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near to Christ, teaching them not only about sanctity, but about humanity, say those who were close to the late Pope.

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Saint John Paul II on the Holy Rosary
Last edited 24th October 2014

We are now in the final of October – the month of the Holy Rosary. Saint John Paul II, whose feast day we celebrated on 22 October, called the Rosary a "sweet chain which unites us to God, a bond of love which unites us to the angels, a tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, a safe port in our universal shipwreck."

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Pope Francis on St. John Paul II
Last edited 22nd October 2014

Pope Francis spoke about St. John Paul II during his weekly general audience Oct. 22.

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St. Pope John Paul II
Last edited 21st October 2014

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941.

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Feast Days of St John XXIII and St John Paul II Announced
Last edited 15th September 2014

The Vatican has announced the feast days of the Saints John Paul II and John XXIII who were canonised at an historic double ceremony in St Peter's Square in April this year. The Feast Day of St John XXIII will be celebrated on 11 October. St John Paul II's Feast Day will be celebrated 11 days later on 22 October.

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Saint John Paul II, the Life of a Holy Pope
Last edited 14th May 2014

What made John Paul II a saint? Was it because of his apostolic success, his impressive figure or his untiring travels? No doubt, all this is important, but it isn't enough. John Paul the II has been recognised a saint for a different reason...

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John Paul II and WYD - A Reflection by Christopher Stefanick
Last edited 5th May 2014

St John Paul II stole the hearts of young people at every World Youth Day. And as we approach the next World Youth Day in his hometown in Poland, he is going to affect the lives of hundreds of thousands more young people from around the world!

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The 47-Year Epoch of The Two Great Popes 1958-2005
Last edited 6th May 2014

It is fitting that the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are occurring on the same day, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. For what Pope John XXIII sought to make visible to the world through his very first speech to Vatican II was “the medicine of mercy rather than that of severity.” Some eighteen years later, the second encyclical of John Paul II also picked up this primary note of John XXIII, the mercy of God (Dives in Misericordia [1980]).


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