Pope John Paul II, Saint of the day

John Paul II
John Paul II

I do not think that there is someone who do not hear already about Pope John Paul II.

He was a person who marked the course of humanity through its teachings.

Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), born Karol Józef Wojtyła

(served as Pope from 1978 to 2005).

On 11 September 2014, Pope Francis added John Paul II’s optional memorial feast day, to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints, in response to worldwide requests.

It is traditional to celebrate saints’ feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration.

Therefore, today 22 October 2015, with the occasion of his anniversary, I allow me to quote few words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI about John Paul II:

“Everyone knows John Paul II: his face, his characteristic way of moving and speaking; his immersion in prayer and his spontaneous cheerfulness.

Many of his words have become indelibly engraved in our memories, starting with the passionate cry with which he introduced himself to the people at the beginning of his pontificate: ‘Open wide the doors to Christ, and be not afraid of him!’ Or this saying: ‘No one can live a trial life; no one can love experimentally.’ An entire pontificate is condensed in words like these.

It is as though he would like to open the doors for Christ everywhere and wishes to open up to people the gate that leads to true life, to true love.”

I invite you my dear readers to reflect today on these words, and do not cease to pray to Saint John Paul II, for your permanent well-being.


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