CNA Staff, Jun 15, 2020 / 09:30 am
Bishops entrusted the Church in Poland to the Virgin Mary on Monday as they marked the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II.
The bishops made the act of entrustment June 15 at the Sanctuary of the Bernardine Fathers in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, southern Poland.
St. John Paul II was a frequent visitor to the sanctuary, which dates back to 1601 and is known as “the Polish Jerusalem” because of its topographical similarities to the Holy City.
John Paul II promoted Marian devotion vigorously throughout his life, adopting the personal motto “Totus tuus,” signifying his consecration to Mary.
The bishops made the act of entrustment during a two-day celebration of the birth of the Polish pope, who was Bishop of Rome from 1978 to 2005.
The 100th anniversary of John Paul II’s birth, which fell May 18, has been marked by events in Rome and Poland.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the tomb of his predecessor and sent a message to young people in Kraków May 18, calling St. John Paul II “an extraordinary gift of God to the Church and to Poland.”
The Pope emeritus Benedict XVI hailed St. John Paul II as a “liberating restorer of the Church” in a letter marking the centenary.