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Holocaust Survivor Says JPII was a Man of Compassion
Last edited 11th April 2014

Lena Allen-Shore's friendship with John Paul II began in 1978, shortly after he was elected pope. A fellow Pole, Allen-Shore wrote to him, addressing their similar experiences during World War II and her hope for a better future.


Ten Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul Existed
Last edited 9th April 2014

The saints that will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it.


Canonisation of John Paul II & John XXIII – LIVE on
Last edited 10th April 2014

"Blessed John XXIII was a bit of a 'country priest,' a priest who loved each of the faithful and knew how to care for them; he did this as a bishop and as a nuncio... As for Blessed John Paul II, I think of him as 'the great missionary of the church, because he was a man who proclaimed the Gospel everywhere." – Pope Francis


John Paul II Died Nine Years Ago, on April 2, 2005
Last edited 2nd April 2014

Exactly nine years ago, on April 2, 2005 John Paul II passed away at the age of 84. That night, in his last moments, more than 60,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for him. The following days, millions of people from across the world, traveled to Rome to pay their respects. His 27 year pontificate was one of the longest in history. See the highlights of his life and his pontificate in a ROME REPORTS documentary, titled 'John Paul, The Great.'

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"Festival of Holiness" for Youth to Celebrate Canonisations
Last edited 1st April 2014

Leading up to the April 27 canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, the Vatican will host two major events, including a youth gathering on April 22 at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, and a prayer vigil in all of Rome’s parishes on 26 April, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.


Pope Francis: With His Suffering, John Paul II Left Behind a 'Living Magisterium'
Last edited 24th March 2014

Pope Francis met with the members of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers gathered in Rome for their Plenary Assembly. John Paul II established the Council in 1985, and its president, Msgr. Zygmunt Zimowski, brought him up during his remarks. Pope Francis also brought up John Paul II in his speech. He said that the Polish Pope knew how to bring out the good from his suffering, and how to help those who suffer.

Saint John XXIII Cupcake Topper - Papal Cupcakes for the 27th of April - Canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII
Last edited 8th April 2014

To celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII encourage you to have a papal cupcake!


Vatican Gears Up for Canonisations of John XXIII, John Paul II
Last edited 19th March 2014

Just over five weeks before the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, Rome hotels are reporting they are almost fully booked and the Vatican has confirmed the Mass will take place in St. Peter's Square, despite knowing that hundreds of thousands of people will have to watch the ceremony on large video screens. Pope Francis had announced in late September that he would proclaim the two popes saints in a single ceremony April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.


Unburned Letters of John Paul II Reveal Richness of Trinity
Last edited 11th March 2014

The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity.


Wojtyla Generation: A Musical Based on the Values of John Paul II
Last edited 2nd March 2014

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.

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