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The next hundred years of St. John Paul II’s legacy

Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility,... Read more

Pope John Paul II celebrates the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception in Rome, December 08, 2004.

How St. John Paul II 'bent the course of history'

Papal biographer George Weigel said that St. John Paul II demonstrated “the power of religious and moral conviction to bend... Read more

Karol Wojtyla with his parents. Photo courtesy of the Dicoese of Krakow.

John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

One hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and... Read more

Pope John Paul II made Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, a cardinal in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 21, 2001.

Pope Francis: St. John Paul II was an ‘extraordinary gift’ to the Church

Pope Francis described St. John Paul II as “an extraordinary gift of God to the Church and to Poland” in... Read more

The tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) in Łagiewniki, Poland.

Pope Francis adds St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day to Roman Calendar

Pope Francis has decreed that St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial... Read more

Joan Lewis meets St. John Paul II Dec 10, 1985. Photo courtesy of Joan Lewis

Baking cookies for St. John Paul II and other memories for his 100th birthday

“Thirty-nine years ago today I was on my way into St. Peter’s Square when the pope was shot,” Joan Lewis... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica May 18, 2020.

Pope Francis praises St. John Paul II as man of prayer and justice

St. John Paul II was a man of prayer who was close to the people and loved justice, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis waves from a window of the apostolic palace May 10, 2020.

Pope Francis: St. John Paul II is remembered with 'affection and gratitude'

Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Pope John Paul II, saying his predecessor is... Read more

Pope John Paul II blesses the pilgrims during the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square in 2004.

Polish bishops launch #ThankYouJohnPaul2 campaign for pope’s centenary 

The Polish bishops are encouraging Catholics to share their memories and witness of how St. John Paul II influenced their... Read more

 Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter marking St. John Paul II's birth centenary

The full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The... Read more

Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his inauguration October 22, 1978.

Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tombs of his predecessors in the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis to offer Mass at tomb of John Paul II on saint’s 100th birthday

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, Pope Francis will offer... Read more

St. John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyła, and mother, Emilia, with their eldest son, Edmund.

St. John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cause has officially opened

The sainthood causes of St. John Paul II’s parents were formally opened in Poland Thursday.  Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

Pope Francis hails St. John Paul II's 'great witness' ahead of centenary

Pope Francis said that he has looked up to St. John Paul II throughout his priesthood in a book foreword... Read more

Saintly superhero: When Marvel Comics told the life story of John Paul II

Pope St. John Paul II, who led the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, is perhaps one... Read more

ope John Paul II attends the Stations Of The Cross ceremony from his private chapel on March 25, 2005 in Vatican City.

John Paul II embraced his suffering with love: Cardinal reflects 15 years after saint’s death

Pope St. John Paul II embraced suffering with love, even during his illness, a cardinal and the archpriest of St.... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Wednesday audience message on March 18, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Church's pro-life message is more relevant than ever as the world faces the coronavirus... Read more

St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica, March 25, 1983.

Pope Francis on St. John Paul II: 'I learned from him'

In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St. John Paul II, saying he learned the... Read more

St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named co-patron of Europe

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, is calling for St. John Paul II to be declared a... Read more

St. John Paul II in 1978.

Pope Francis to publish a book with reflections on St. John Paul II

Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St. John Paul II to be published in... Read more