Just months before the canonization of John Paul II, and following a successful run in Spain and Poland, the musical Wojtyla Generation made its way to Rome. The story has it all: emotion, deception, betrayal and fear. It centers on two rival groups of young people from different nationalities.
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.
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.
The private papers of Bl. John Paul II will be released in Polish next month in a book titled “I am so much in God’s hands. Personal records 1962-2003”, from the Krakow-based publisher Znak.
The world remembers John Paul II as 'the great Pope,' a gifted communicator and powerful evangelizer. He traveled the world meeting millions along the way, but it was a small group of collaborators who worked with him day in and day out. When it comes to John Paul II's spirituality, his former collaborators shared details that up until now, where unknown to most people.
As we mark All Saints' Day on 1 November, Fr. Tom Rosica reflects on the saints - the cloud of witnesses, friends, and companions - that we have on our Journey towards Heaven.
On 22 October, we celebrate the feast day of Blessed John Paul II! 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!
Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century. As we celebrate the news that John Paul II will be canonised on 27 April, let us reflect on his legacy in Poland in preparation for World Youth Day 2016.
It's official. Pope Francis has announced that he will canonize both John Paul II and John XXIII, on April 27th, 2014. The date coincides with the Feast Day of Divine Mercy, which has a strong connection to John Paul II. The Polish pontiff was the first to mark that celebration and he passed away on the day in which the Church celebrated that very Feast Day back in 2005.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in communist Poland. Who would have thought that this historic visit would contribute to the fall on communism in Poland? John Paul II's legacy of provocative non-violence has left a mark in Poland. As we prepare for World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, let us pray this World Youth Day will be a celebration of freedom and religious liberty, following the example of JPII.
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