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Former Swiss Guard recalls John Paul II's love for humanity

Apr 27, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- The life of St. John Paul II was characterized by an intense love for both God and the human person, reflected a former member of the Swiss Guard who helped to protect the pontiff.

Pope: Christ’s wounds are sign of God’s love

Apr 27, 2014 - 04:40 am .- At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of Christ’s suffering as a visible sign of divine love.

Pilgrims fill Roman churches in vigils before canonizations

Apr 26, 2014 - 08:45 pm .- Parishes throughout the city of Rome were filled the evening of April 26 with pilgrims spending the night in prayer in anticipation of the next day’s canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is 'our pride'

Apr 26, 2014 - 12:36 pm .- Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement for the event, saying that former pontiff is “someone special” for the country.

John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Apr 26, 2014 - 09:11 am .- Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that both bear to God, say organizers of a Colorado summer camp named after the late pontiff.

Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Apr 24, 2014 - 06:44 pm .- Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate the April 27 canonization Mass for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

JPII's theology of the body is transformative, scholar says

Apr 24, 2014 - 04:14 pm .- John Paul II’s upcoming canonization gives new impetus to his “ground-breaking” theology of the body, which has the potential to “completely transform” contemporary culture, one theology professor says.

Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

Apr 24, 2014 - 12:34 am .- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis.

Knights of Columbus prepares to celebrate papal canonizations

Apr 23, 2014 - 04:05 pm .- The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in several U.S. cities, in addition to providing financial and logistical support in Rome.

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Apr 23, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.

Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

Apr 22, 2014 - 04:29 am .- The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed.

Colo. parish looks to John Paul II in family-focused initiative

Apr 16, 2014 - 05:09 pm .- Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings on family and marriage are still bearing fruit, say members of one Colorado parish that has launched a family-friendly initiative inspired by the late Pope's example.

Francis documentary to be shown at John Paul II Film Festival

Apr 8, 2014 - 02:24 pm .- The documentary “Francis: The Pope of the New World” will be shown on the big screen for the first time during the John Paul II International Film Festival, being held April 3-12 in Miami.

John Paul II saw prayer as first duty of Pope, reflects cardinal

Apr 4, 2014 - 12:23 pm .- Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who was a close collaborator of Blessed John Paul II, said the future saint believed that “the first duty of the Pope was to pray for the Church and the world.”

Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Apr 2, 2014 - 04:38 pm .- Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to Rome to attend the April 27 canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.  

Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Mar 31, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way.

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Mar 7, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Jan 31, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery.

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Nov 7, 2013 - 12:02 am .- At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who for years was particular secretary to the former Pope.  

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