Pope John Paul II: May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005
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.
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 :
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)
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
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.
Paul II was born in Wadowice - quite near the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. In
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is very beautiful Sanctuary in which the John Paul II
TOTUS TUUS – POPE FULLY DEVOTED TO THE
He started to bear the Carmelite Scapular being 10
He belonged to Marian Sodality
He belonged to „The Circle of Living Rosary”
He was under impression of the book written by
Saint Luis Maria Grignion „Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed
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”.
On the papal emblem he places the letter M – which
symbolises the Holy Mother.
He entrusted the Word to the Immaculate Heart of
He wrote the encyclical devoted to the Holy
Redemptoris Mater (The Mother of Redeemer), subtitle: Blessed
MaryVirginin life of the pilgrimaging Church – 25 March 1987.
He wrote the apostolic Letter devoted to Rosary
Rosarium Virginis Mariae - 16 October 2002.
THE MARIAN SANCTUARIES IN POLAND,
ESPECIALLY VISITED BY BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II:
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: http://www.kalwaria.eu/
The Parish Church in
Sanctuary of the Holy Mother of
Jasna Góra (Czestochowa):
THE VERY SPECIAL SANCTUARY
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
is canonized on April 27, 2014
Litany to the Saint
John Paul II
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, 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 Mary, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy,
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man,
Full of the Holy Spirit, Lord and Animator,
Completely devoted to Mary,
Friend of Saints and Blesseds,
Successor of St Peter and Servant of Servants of God,
Guardian of the Church teaching truths of the faith,
Father of the Vatican Council and Executor of its teachings,
Consolidating Christian unity and the entire human family,
Fervent Lover of the Eucharist,
Indefatigable Pilgrim of this earth,
Missionary of all nations,
Witness to faith, hope and charity,
Enduring participant of Christ’s suffering,
Apostle of reconciliation and peace,
Promoter of the civilization of love,
Proclaimer of the New Evangelization,
Master appealing for sailing into the depths,
Teacher showing sanctity as the measure of life,
Pope of Divine Mercy,
Priest congregating the Church for sacrifice,
Shepherd leading his flock to heaven,
Brother and Master of priests,
Father of the consecrated,
Patron of Christian families,
Fortification of spouses,
Defender of the unborn,
Guardian of children, orphans and the abandoned,
Friend and Educator of youth,
Good Samaritan for those who suffer,
Solace for the elderly and lonely,
Proclaimer of the truth of human dignity,
Man of prayer immersed in God,
Lover of the liturgy of the Divine Sacrifice celebrated on the world’s
Personification of industriousness,
In love with the Cross of Christ,
Exemplary pursuer of his vocation,
Enduring in suffering,
Model of living and dying for the Lord,
Admonisher of sinners,
Guidepost to those who lost their way,
Forgiver of wrongdoers,
Respecter of opponents and oppressors,
Advocate and Defender of the oppressed,
Supporter of the unemployed,
Concerned about the homeless,
Visitor of prisoners,
Fortifier of the weak,
Teaching everyone solidarity,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Pray for us, blessed John Paul,
So that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the
Redeemer of man.
Let us pray:
Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of the apostolic life
and mission of Blessed John Paul II and through his intercession help us
grow in our love for You and courageously proclaim the love of Christ to
all people. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for John Paul II
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
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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