Pope John Paul II: May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005

Feast: 22 October

Pope John Paul II died after a long fight against Parkinson's disease, among other illnesses, at the age of 84 on April 2 at 21:37 (GMT +2), 2005. It was the first Saturday, before the Sunday of Divine Mercy.

Please pray for one of the most loved popes of all time. Blessed John Paul II, who was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church in October, 16 1978.  He passed away on April 2, 2005, it was 9.664th day of his pontificate.

 Blessed John-Paul II, Pope said to be the Most
Recognized Person in the World



Karol Józef Wojtyla


Pope John Paul II was beatified on 1st May 2011 in Rome, during the Sunday of Divine Mercy, the feast which he personally established on the request of the Lord Jesus, the request which was written in the Diary of Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy.  


Karol Józef Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. He made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita High School in Wadowice, he enrolled in Cracow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in the Solvay chemical factory (1940-1944), at the beginning in a quarry and then in a factory in which the soda was purified, to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany. In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Cracow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, archbishop of Cracow. At the same time, Karol Wojtyla was one of the pioneers of the "Rhapsodic Theatre," also clandestine. After the Second World War, he continued his studies in the major seminary of Cracow, once it had re-opened, and in the faculty of theology of the Jagiellonian University, until his priestly ordination in Cracow on November 1, 1946 and over the next few years he wrote doctrinal texts, pursued a higher level of education, taught Catholicism and encouraged religious freedom. The result was a professorship in Catholic University in Lublin, Poland, a body of work that influenced the reforms of Pope Paul VI and a reputation for promoting and supporting his church in an oppressive Soviet regime. Elevation to auxiliary bishop soon followed, and while contributing to the 'Second Vatican Council' in 1963 he was made archbishop of Krakow. Four years later, in 1967, he was made a cardinal. During the next few years Wojtyla worked ceaselessly in Poland, gaining concessions from the communist government and widespread support from the public, while contributing to Vatican policy. In October 1978 he was elected Pope and took the name John Paul II.


Since the start of his Pontificate on October 16, 1978, Pope John Paul II has completed 95 pastoral visits outside of Italy and 141 within Italy . As Bishop of Rome he has visited 301 of the 334 parishes . His principal documents include 14 encyclicals , 14 apostolic exhortations , 11 apostolic constitutions and 42 apostolic letters. As Pope he published also five books : God Created Them as a Man and a Woman. The Redemption of Body and The Sacrament of Marriage” 1986 r., “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” (October 1994) and “Gift and Mystery: On the 50th Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination” (November 1996) Roman Triptych” 2003, „Stand up, let’s go” 2004, „Memory and Identity” 2005 r. John Paul II has presided at 131 beatification ceremonies ( 1,282 Blessed persons proclaimed ) and 43 canonization ceremonies (456 Saints) during his pontificate. He has held 8 consistories in which he created 201 cardinals .


Pope John Paul II is the most travelled pope in the history of the papacy. He is also a very popular and political pope. He has travelled to every country that would accept him, and has drawn huge crowds in well over 100 countries. He was a very vocal critic of the communist regimes of East Germany, the Soviet Union and his native Poland. He has also opposed economic sanctions against Cuba, Libya, Iran and Iraq, on the grounds that they hurt the people and are politically ineffective.

0n May 13,1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped murderer from Turkey, raised a pistol above his head in the piazza in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and shot and wounded Pope John Paul 11. The pope spent nearly three months in the hospital. He later visited his attacker in prison.

John Paul II was born in Wadowice - quite near the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. In Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is very beautiful Sanctuary in which the John Paul II prayed.

Please see: http://www.kalwaria.eu/?action=language,ENG



  1. He started to bear the Carmelite Scapular being 10 years old

  2. He belonged to Marian Sodality

  3. He belonged to „The Circle of Living Rosary”

  4. He was under impression of  the book written by Saint Luis Maria Grignion „Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”

  5. On the bishop’s emblem he places the letter M – which symbolises the Holy Mother and receives the motto: „Totus Tuus ego sum et omnie mea Tua sunt. Accipio Te In mea omnia. Proebe mihi cor Tuum, Maria”. „I am whole Yours, and everything what is my, belong to You. PI receive You to all what is mine. Give me Your heart, Mary”.

  6. On the papal emblem he places the letter M – which symbolises the Holy Mother.

  7. He entrusted the Word to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  8. He wrote the encyclical devoted to the Holy Mother:
    Redemptoris Mater (The Mother of Redeemer), subtitle: Blessed MaryVirginin life of the pilgrimaging Church – 25 March 1987.

  9. He wrote the apostolic Letter devoted to Rosary prayer:
    Rosarium Virginis Mariae - 16 October 2002.



Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska:  http://www.kalwaria.eu/

The Parish Church in Wadowice:  http://wadowice.katolicki.eu/

Sanctuary of the Holy Mother of Jasna Góra (Czestochowa): http://www.jasnagora.pl/


Sanctuary in Zakopane– The votive offering of the Polish nation for saving life of Pope John Paul II



Beatification: took place in Rome, on 1st May 2011, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Latest news:

Blessed  Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Vatican has officially confirmed.

Litany of Blessed John Paul II

Lord, have mercy - Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy - Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy - Lord, have mercy
Christ hear us - Christ hear us
Christ, graciously hear us - Christ, graciously hear us
God the Father of Heaven, -Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, -Have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, - have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, -Have mercy on us.
Holy Mother – pray for us.

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in God the Father -rich in Mercy, pray for us.
United with Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of a man, pray for us.
Filled by the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giving Life, pray for us.
Fully devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of Saints and Blessed people, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and Servant of God’s Servants, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truth of faith, pray for us.
Father of Council and Performer of its recommendations, pray for us.
Strengthening the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.

Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Indefatigable Pilgrim of this earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope and love, pray for us.
Persistent Participant of the Christ’s sufferings, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of civilization of love, pray for us.
Advocate of the New Evangelisation, pray for us.
Master calling to swim out to the depth of faith, pray for us.
Teacher, showing holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
Priest, gathering the Church on Eucharist, pray for us.
Shepherd, leading the sheep to Heaven, pray for us.

Brother and Master of the priests, pray for us.
Father of the consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening of the spouses, pray for us.
Guardian of the unborn children, pray for us.
Protector of the children, orphans and abandoned people, pray for us.
Friend and Tutor of the Youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering people, pray for us.
Support for old people and for the lonely people, pray for us.
Advocate of the truth about the dignity of a man, pray for us.
Man of prayer, immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of liturgy, saying Holy Mass on the altars of the world, pray for us.
Personification of diligence, pray for us.
Enamoured in the Christ’s Cross, pray for us.
Properly fulfilling the vocation, pray for us.
Persistent in suffering, pray for us.
Pattern of life and dying for Lord, pray for us.

Sermonized the sinners, pray for us.
Indicating the way for erring people, pray for us.
Forgiving to the wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting the antagonist and the persecutors, pray for us.
Advocate and Defender of the persecuted people, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed people, pray for us.
Anxious for the homeless people, pray for us.
Visiting the prisoners, pray for us.
Strengthening the weak people, pray for us.
Teaching all people of solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sin of the world, spare us, 0 Lord
Lamb of God, Who take away the sin of the world, graciously hear us, 0 Lord
Lamb of God, Who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, 0 Lord

Pray for us, Blessed John Paul II,
So that we announce Jesus Christ, The Redeemer, to the world, by life and by word.

Let us pray:
Merciful God, please receive our thanksgivings for the gift of apostolic life and mission of Blessed John Paul II and by his intercession, help us to grow in love to You and courageously announce the Christ’s love to all people. By Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer has Imprimatur of Cracow Metropolitan priest cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, date 12 April 2011.


Prayer for John Paul II

O God,
from Whom the just receive an unfailing reward,
grant that Your servant John Paul II, our Pope,
whom You made vicar of Peter and shepherd of Your Church,
may rejoice for ever in the vision of Your glory,

for he was a faithful steward here on earth of the mysteries of Your forgiveness and grace.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God rest in peace.



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