Poznan, Poland, Oct 22, 2019 / 15:07 pm
The Polish Bishops' Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor of the Church.
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish Bishops Conference, sent the request to the pope on Oct. 22 - the feast day of John Paul II.
"The pontificate of the Pope from Poland was filled with groundbreaking decisions and significant events that changed the face of the papacy and influenced the course of European and world history," he said, according to Zenit.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former archbishop of Krakow and a close friend of John Paul II, supported the request during a conference held by the "Europa Christi" movement, which took place at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw from Oct. 19-23.