Pope St. John Paul II

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Archbishop Tomasz Peta

Pope Francis in Kazakhstan: Archbishop explains the pastoral and political impact of visit

Sep 13, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The archbishop of Kazakhstan’s only Catholic archdiocese said the visit of Pope Francis is of unique significance to the country’s... Read more

Queen Elizabeth ll exchanges gifts with Pope John Paul ll during her first visit to the Vatican on Oct. 17, 1980.

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with five popes

Sep 8, 2022

By Courtney Mares

England’s longest-serving monarch had her first meeting with a pope in 1951 while still a princess. Read more

Pope John Paul II prays in Managua's cathedral before ending his visit to Nicaragua on Feb. 7, 1996.

St. John Paul II’s ‘dark night’ in Nicaragua

Aug 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

When then Pope John Paul II’s plane landed in Nicaragua on March 4, 1983, the authorities were waiting, including Daniel... Read more

Sen. Kamala Harris at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California, 2019.

VP Kamala Harris repeats claim that religious Americans can support abortion

Jul 19, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The vice president's recent statement flies in the face of the Catholic Church's clear condemnation of abortion. Read more

Archbishop Zbigņevs Stankevičs of Riga, Latvia (left), speaking during a Catholic conference in Warsaw in May 2022 on the natural law legacy of John Paul II (right.)

How Latvia’s Christian churches use JPII’s natural law teaching to defend life and family

Jun 9, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

The archbishop of Riga, Latvia, spoke about the critical need for ecumenical cooperation. Read more

St. John Paul II (1920-2005).

George Weigel on what the Vatican can learn from JPII’s diplomacy with Russia

May 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The papal biographer said the Vatican ought to realize that ‘appeasement of communist regimes never works.’ 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

May 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

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

St. John Paul II in 1978.

St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis named among patrons of World Youth Day 2023

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering. Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Church leaders and scholars to explore St. John Paul II’s ‘natural law legacy’

May 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

Speakers will include papal biographer George Weigel and Dutch Cardinal Willem Eijk. Read more

Pope John Paul II collapses after being shot on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square.

‘Everyone was crying’: An eyewitness recalls the attempted assassination of St John Paul II

May 13, 2022

By Markus Vögele

David DePerro was 9 years old when he saw the shooting in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. Read more

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‘I pray to St. John Paul II every day’: How a Ukrainian refugee found shelter at the pope’s former residence

Mar 23, 2022

By Solène Tadié

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko. Read more

Carl Anderson, pictured at the Angelicum in Rome on March 17, 2022.

Carl Anderson: ‘The Christian heritage of the West cannot be preserved by looking backward’

Mar 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The former Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus was speaking at the Angelicum in Rome. Read more

The Bishop’s Palace in Kraków, southern Poland.

St. John Paul II’s former residence in Poland opens doors to Ukrainian refugees

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland. Read more

Staff of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland

Pope Francis commends university in Poland for six centuries of Catholic education

Jan 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged the students at the university to live out its motto: “Go and make disciples.” Read more

Pope John Paul II circa 1991.

5 ways Saint Pope John Paul II changed the Catholic Church forever

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

You probably know that St. Pope John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history with 27 years... Read more

St. John Paul II, circa 1992.

That time a priest was reprimanded by a saint

Oct 22, 2021

By Mary Farrow

When white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on October 16, 1978, Fr. Eamon Kelly, a... Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Could St. John Paul II be declared a Doctor of the Church?

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Polish bishops’ conference made a formal request in 2019. Read more

Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

The Papal Foundation provides $800K in scholarships for studies in Rome

Sep 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Papal Foundation awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships to 96 priests, brothers, sisters, and lay faithful as part of the... Read more

Pilgrims arrive at Jasna Gora shrine to pray before Our Lady of Częstochowa.

40,000 Catholics make pilgrimage to Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland

Aug 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The traditional walking pilgrimage to venerate an icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa housed in the shrine dates back... Read more