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In Honor of St. John Paul II

To mark today’s feast of St. John Paul II, here is a small excerpt from his first speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, given Oct. 20, 1978. * * *
On the other hand, the Church and the Holy See in particular ask your nations, …

Venezuela Remembers Saint John Paul II

The first feast day of St. John Paul II was celebrated in Venezuela by the Apostolic Nuncio, who prayed that the recently canonized saint would accompany the nation “in the path of peace and justice.” Archbishop Aldo Giordano, the Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, participated in a tribute to Pope John Paul II on Tu…

The Unknown Relic of St. John Paul II

On May 13, 1981, Anna Stanghellini, a nurse at the “Agostino Gemelli” Hospital, was working, as she did every day, in the surgery department. She didn’t know that at 5:19 pm that day Mehmet Ali Agca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II. She learned what happened in Saint Peter’s Square when the ambulance arri…

A Saint for Canada: John Paul II (Part 2)

There are many lenses through which to view Pope St. John Paul II. A book released this year by Basilian Father Thomas Rosica proposes the Polish Pontiff as a “saint for Canada” (Novalis 2014). ZENIT spoke with Fr. Rosica about his insights into the Pope and saint who loved Canada and was loved by Canadians.
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A Saint for Canada: John Paul II (Part 1)

There are many lenses through which to view Pope St. John Paul II. A book released this year by Basilian Father Thomas Rosica proposes the Polish Pontiff as a “saint for Canada” (Novalis 2014). ZENIT spoke with Fr. Rosica about his insights into the Pope and saint who loved Canada and was loved by Canadians.
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St. John Paul II Relic to Tour East Coast

By CNA/EWTN NEWS | BOSTON — A relic of St. John Paul II will begin a tour of the U.S. in Boston on Saturday, giving the Catholic faithful in several major cities the chance to venerate one of the Church’s newest saints.

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St John Paul II relic to tour East Coast, starting in Boston

Boston, Mass., Jun 20, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic of St. John Paul II will begin a tour of the U.S. in Boston on Saturday, giving the Catholic faithful in several major cities the chance to venerate one of the Church’s newest saints.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said St. John Paul II “meant so much to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston and around the world, enlivening in them the presence of God’s grace and love.”

The relic, a vial of St. John Paul II’s blood, will be displayed for veneration at Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral June 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and after the 4:30 p.m. anticipated Mass.

On June 22, veneration of the relic will take place after the 11:30 a.m. Mass said by Cardinal O’Malley.

“We pray that those who come to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross this weekend will be inspired to carry out great works of mercy through evangelization as the Holy Father exemplified during his years as Pope and priest,” Cardinal O’Malley said June 17.

Boston was the first U.S. city in which St. John Paul II said Mass – during his October, 1979 visit at Boston Common, with 400,000 persons in attendence.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow gave the relic to the Knights of Columbus for the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., which is co-sponsoring the tour along with the Knights.

“We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus and Saint John Paul II National Shrine for making it possible for people of faith to pray before the relic of Saint John Paul II,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “He meant so much to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston and around the world ,enlivening in them the presence of God’s grace and love.”

The relic tour will include a July 12-13 visit to New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a July 19-20 visit to Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The tour will end in Baltimore at a date to be determined.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson noted St. John Paul II’s frequent visits to the U.S.

“St. John Paul spent more time in the United States than any other Pope before or since, shaping an entire generation of Catholics here and throughout the world,” Anderson said.

“Bringing his relic to communities throughout this country will recall for many Catholics his saintly life, his unswerving commitment to the dignity of every human person, and his emphasis on the call to holiness for each one of us.”
 

St. John Paul II and the Synods on the Family

By FATHER ROGER J. LANDRY | When Pope Francis canonized John Paul II on April 27, he dubbed him the “Pope of the Family.” He added that, as the Church heads toward this October’s “Extraordinary” and next October’s &…

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