Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2013 / 23:03 pm
On the eighth anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II, the chaplain of a shrine in his memory explained that the Pope called others to holiness through the witness of his own life.
"Blessed John Paul II embodied the 'man of God' in his life and teaching," said Fr. Gregory Gresko, chaplain of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Gresko told CNA on April 2 that since his death, Blessed John Paul II "may be remembered most for the profoundly personal encounters he shared with fellow human beings, regardless of their state or position in life."
"Pope John Paul II loved the human person and treasured his face-to-face interactions with the people of God," said Fr. Gresko, adding that the Blessed Pope knew "that within each one of them he would find the mark of the Creator, Who had formed each of these persons in the image and likeness of God."